Category Archives: Government & Politics

White Plains to host forum for solicitor candidates

A political forum will be held this Thursday, May 26 at 6 p.m. at the White Plains Community Building for candidates running for the office of 10th Circuit Solicitor for Anderson and Oconee Counties. Anyone interested in hearing what the candidates have to say is invited to attend. Current 10th Circuit Solicitor Chrissy Adams’ decision earlier this year to vacate the office resulted in a field of three Republican candidates including W. Wilson Burr, Rame Campbell, and David Wagner. No Democrats filed for the office.

Gambrell elected Senator

Senate District Four Special Election

Turnout was very low for the Senate District Four Special Election held Tuesday, however Republican Primary winner Mike Gambrell had no trouble getting the votes needed to secure his position as the the winner.

In Anderson County, of 48,208 registered voters, only 1,082 turned out to vote in the special election. In Greenwood County of a total of 7,825 registered voters, only 234 voted. Gambrell’s name was the only one appearing on the ballot however there was the option of voting for a write-in candidate.

In Anderson County 99 votes were cast for a write-in candidate. Gambrell received 959 votes. In Greenwood County, 8 votes were cast for a write-in candidate.

Gambrell will serve the final months of Sen. Billy O’Dell’s term, but will still have to participate in the June primary and the November general election to be elected to serve the full term beginning in January.

Don’t forget to vote in special election Tuesday

For Senate District Four Seat

Voters will go back to the polls on Tuesday, May 17 for the special election for the Senate District 4 seat. Mike Gambrell will likely be the person to fill the seat since no Democratic candidates filed to run in the special election. Write-in candidates, however, will still have an opportunity to seek the office in the special election and the polls will be open for voters to make the final vote.

The winner of the special election on Tuesday will serve the final months of Sen. Billy O’Dell’s term, but will still have to participate in the June primary and the November general election to be elected to serve the full term beginning in January.

Road, bridge maintenance not a priority for SCDOT

Audit shows

By Stan Welch – The picture of the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) painted by the executive summary of a recent state ordered audit of that organization is one of politics over policy, and a general lack of organization. The results leave the public perception of the department as being poised somewhere between gross mismanagement and outright corruption.

One of the biggest problems the department has is its proclivity for projects that add new roads, or expand existing ones, as opposed to programs designed to maintain the state’s bridges and roads.

Back to the polls Tuesday for Senate District 4 Election

Voters will go back to the polls ton Tuesday, May 17 for a final vote of the special election for the Senate District 4 seat. Mike Gambrell defeated Rockey Burgess in the Republican Primary runoff held recently and Gambrell will likely be the person to fill the seat since no Democratic candidates filed to run in the special election May 17. Write-in candidates, however, will still have an opportunity to seek the office in the special election and the polls will be open for voters.

The winner of the special election on Tuesday will serve the final months of Sen. Billy O’Dell’s term, but will still have to participate in the June primary and the November general election to be elected to serve the full term beginning in January. Burgess has already signed up to oppose Gambrell in that primary.

Duncan speaks to First Monday

Expecting indictment for Hillary

Congressman Jeff Duncan was in town this week, and he spoke to The First Monday Club. He offered his views on a number of topics, but his most startling revelation concerned the possible Democratic candidate for President.

“From what I am hearing, and what I know, I don’t expect Hillary Clinton to make it to the Democratic Convention without being indicted,” he told a capacity crowd. Clinton continues to be under investigation by the FBI for her handling of classified materials contained in e-mails which she stored on a non-secure server.

Sheriff’s Debate draws large crowd

By Stan Welch

Approximately a hundred citizens and law enforcement officers gathered at the White Plains Community Building Thursday night to watch and listen as Anderson County Sheriff John Skipper made his case for reelection, while two challengers made their case for a change in leadership. The debate was organized and sponsored by the White Plains Crime Watch group.

Since there is no Democratic opposition in the general election, the Republican primary will determine who the next sheriff will be.

Former ACSO deputy under three sheriffs, including Skipper, Chad McBride repeatedly challenged the incumbent’s handling of his budget, while former SCHP trooper Jeremy Pickens challenged the sheriff’s management style, and linked it to what he says is a subpar performance by the department.

Absentee voting underway for Senate District 4 Election

In-house absentee voting is now underway for voters in the Senate Four District, who qualify, and need to cast an absentee ballot for the Special Election may do so during the hours of 8:30 until 5:00 p.m. weekdays. “We have completed all of our testing and preparation for the Absentee Precinct here at our office. We are ready to serve voters that may need to cast an absentee ballot in this election,” said Katy Smith, Director. The Board of Voter Registration and Elections Office is located at 301 North Main Street on the corner of Orr and Main, for questions call 864-260-4035. People are encouraged to visit www.scvotes.org to learn more about Absentee Voting process.
More on Senate District Four Election . . .

Voter registration deadline is April 16

For May 17 Senate 4 special election

Any person wishing to vote in the Senate District 4 special election on May 17 must be registered by April 16. Anderson County Elections reminds voters to update their information if needed:

· If you have moved, make sure you are ready to vote by updating your registration.

· If you have moved from one county to another, you must register in your new county by the deadline to be eligible to vote.

Gambrell wins Senate District Four runoff

Mike Gambrell was the winner in the Senate District Four Republican Primary runoff held Tuesday. Gambrell took 57 percent of the vote while Rockey Burgess had 42 percent. Unofficial results showed Gambrell received 2,591 votes to 1,908 for Burgess.Approximately eight percent of the registered voters in the district turned out for the runoff, about the same number that voted in the primary two weeks ago.

In Anderson County, Gambrell garnered 2,008 votes (54 percent) to 1,710 for Burgess (45.99 percent).

Sen. Kevin Bryant BBQ & Bluegrass event Apr. 18

Sen. Kevin Bryant will host BBQ and Bluegrass event on April 18th, from 6 p.m. to 8 pm at the historic Timms Mill in Pendleton. The evening of fellowship and food will be a great chance to meet and talk with Bryant about the issues facing the state, a spokesperson said. “If you wish to support our campaign or get involved, you can do that too.” Timms Mill is located at 150 Timms Mill Rd. in Pendleton. If interested please RSVP to: info@kevinbryant.com

Flemming announces for Senate District 7 seat

Lillian Brock Flemming recently announced her campaign to challenge for the State Senate District 7 Seat. Fleming believes that she will bring unity and greater representation to the State Senate that will better serve Greenville County in five critical areas where residents of District 7 needs solutions: Job Creation, Education, Transportation, Senior Services, and Health Care. Mrs. Brock Flemming came within 412 votes of winning in the 2012 Democratic Primary.

Gambrell wins Senate District 4 primary runoff

Unofficial results show Mike Gambrell as the winner in the Senate District Four Repubilcan Primary runoff held Tuesday. Gambrell took 57 percent of the vote while Rockey Burgess had 42 percent. The winner of the primary will likely be the person to fill the seat since no Democratic candidates filed to run in the special election which will be held May 17. Write-in candidates will have an opportunity to seek the office in the special election.

The winner of the May 17 special election will serve the final few months of Sen. Billy O’Dell’s term, but will still have to participate in the June primaries and the November general election to be elected to serve the full term beginning in January.

Senate District 4 runoff voting today!

Polls are open today, (Tuesday, April 5) for voters to decide the State Senate District 4 Republican primary runoff race between Rockey Burgess and Mike Gambrell. The field was narrowed from five to two during the Mar. 22 primary for the special election, however one of the five candidates received more than fifty percent of the vote, resulting in the runoff. Polls will be open for voting 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Apr. 5.

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