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Alexander to run for Williamston Town Council Ward 4 seat

AlexanderResChris Alexander, 41, of Belton Drive, Williamston announced last week that he is running for the Williamston Town Council Ward 4 seat. Alexander is a 1993 graduate of Palmetto High School and a 1998 graduate of Tri -County Tech with a degree in business management. He presently works for Sealed Air Cryovac in Simpsonville as a graphic artist. He also serves on the Williamston Planning Commission.

Alexander said he had given a lot of thought over the last year to running for the Ward 4 seat. “I wanted to contribute to the town in some way and this could do it,” he said. “To not be a bystander.”

Books open for Williamston election

Books are now open for filing for anyone interested in running for office in Williamston. Offices to be voted on in the town election include Mayor, Council Ward 3 and Council Ward 4. Citizens desiring to be candidates for one of the offices may file at the Williamston Municipal Center, 12 W. Main St., Williamston.

Books open August 10 for Williamston election

The Town of Williamston general election will be held in conjunction with the National general election on Tuesday, November 8. Any person wishing to register to vote in this election must register no later than October 8.

Offices to be voted on in the town election include Mayor, Council Ward 3 and Council Ward 4. Citizens desiring to be candidates for one of the offices may file at the Williamston Municipal Center, 12 W. Main St., Williamston. Books will be open for filing at 12 p.m. on August 10 and remain open during regular business hours until 12 p.m. on August 24.

Register to vote at Spring Water Festival

Attendees of the upcoming Spring Water Festival will be able to register to vote and find out more about South Carolina’s Voting System while at the festival. As public service to attendees of the Festival, the South Carolina Election Commisssion will be providing information and registering people to vote in the upcoming General Election in November.

Filing opens for non-partisan offices

The Board of Voter Registration and Elections Office for Anderson County is now accepting candidate filing through Aug. 15 for nonpartisan offices to be elected in the November 8, 2016 General Election.

Among offices that are coming open are: Anderson County Board of Education, Anderson School Trustees Districts 1-5, Homeland Park Water District Commissioners, Piedmont Public Service District Commissioners, and Watershed Conservation Districts Commissioners. There are no filing fees for these offices.

Voters choose Wagner as solicitor

Runoff election results

By Stan Welch

Incumbency and experience offered absolutely no protection whatsoever during Tuesday’s runoff elections, as virtually every incumbent was unseated.

Perhaps the greatest upset was Greenville County Sheriff Steve Loftis’ close loss to former deputy Will Lewis. The margin of victory was just 362 votes out of almost twenty nine thousand cast. The upset continues the shakeup in law enforcement which began with Anderson County Sheriff John Skipper’s resounding loss in the first primary.

Three incumbent state Senators from the Upstate were also defeated, including District Two’s Larry Martin, who was defeated by Rex Rice; District Six’s Mike Fair, who lost to William Timmons; and District Twelve, where Lee Bright was defeated by Scott Talley.

Solicitor runoff election today

Voters are reminded to go back to the polls today to decide who they would like to sesrved as the Tenth Circuit Court Solicitor for Anderson and Oconee Counties. David Wagner and Rame Campbell are the choices in the runoff election being held today (Tuesday, June 28).

Solicitor race to be decided in runoff Tuesday

By Stan Welch

David Wagner and Rame Campbell, both veterans of the Chrissy Adams administration of the Tenth Circuit Solicitor’s Office, will face off in the runoff election on June 28.

Wagner, who was originally hired by former Solicitor George Ducworth, has twenty five years experience, while Campbell, also currently serving as a deputy solicitor has less experience. Wagner, described by Campbell as more of an administrator, touts his record as an active prosecutor who has taken more criminals to court than anyone else in the circuit.

Campbell is the deputy solicitor in Anderson County while Wagner is headquartered in the Oconee office,. Both men and their families call Anderson County home.

Absentee voting underway for runoff election

In-person absentee voting for the runoff election next Tuesday, June 28 is now underway.

Registered voters in Anderson County, who qualify, and need to cast an absentee ballot for Republican Runoff for Solicitor, House District 7 and County Council District 3, can do so weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. until the day before the election.

“In-person absentee voting for the Republican Runoff is open to any voters that voted in the Republican Primary or did not vote at all.” said Katy Smith, Director.

McBride wins sheriff race, solicitor to be decided in run off

By Stan Welch

Surprises and runoffs were the themes of the evening as the primary election returns came in at the Anderson Civic Center Tuesday night. Perhaps foremost among those surprises was the lopsided victory achieved by Chad McBride in the sheriff’s race.

Despite a three man field, McBride easily avoided a runoff, notching better than fifty eight per cent of the vote, and handily defeating incumbent John Skipper, who tallied a little over twenty five per cent.

Jeremy Pickens, Anderson County’s first black candidate for sheriff, polled just over sixteen per cent, but had a remarkable impact on the elections nevertheless. Because South Carolina has open primaries, allowing voters to vote in whichever primary, Republican or Democrat, that they choose, many traditional Democrats crossed over to support Pickens; leaving less than five hundred voters to cast ballots in the District Three County Council race, which Democrat incumbent Gracie Floyd won handily.

McBride takes sheriff’s race in Anderson County

Unofficial election results for show Chad McBride received 58.21 percent of the vote to defeat incumbent John Skipper and challenger Jeremy Pickens in the Andersn County Sheriff’s race. David Wagner and Rame Campbell were the top two vote getters in the Circuit 10 Solicitor race and will face off in a runoff in two weeks.

On other races Mike Gambrell held of challenger Rockey Burgess again with 61.28 percent of the vote to 38.72 for Burgess for the Senate District 4 seat.

Jay West and Blake Parker will vie for the House District 7 seat in a runoff in two weeks. Johathon Hill receive 51.34 percent of the fotes to defeat Don Bowen and Albert Howard for the House District 8 seat.

In Anderson County Council races, Ray Graham and Eddie Moore will be in a runoff for the County Council District 3 seat. Incumbent Gracie Floyd easily retained her Anderson County Council District 2 seat with 89.32 percent of the votes.

Primary voting

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Andi Williams signs in to vote Tuesday at the Piercetown Precinct. With her are her daughters Addison, 18 months old, Livi and Miriam Williams and friend Riley Burroughs.

Sheriff, Solicitor and Senate races will be decided in primary vote Tuesday

By Stan Welch

The primary season will come to an end next Tuesday, June 14 as a plethora of local and state seats will be contested. Mike Gambrell, who was recently elected to the Senate District 4 seat, is currently serving the remaining term resulting from the untimely death of State Senator Billy O’Dell in January. He is being challenged for the seat again by Williamston Councilman Rockey Burgess. Voters will have the choice of both in the primary vote Tuesday. The winner of the primary will be unopposed in the November general election.

Senator Kevin Bryant will face former Pendleton Mayor Carole Burdette in the Republican primary. No Democrat has signed up to challenge the Republican winner in November. In the District Six House race, Chairman of the Ways and Means committee Brian White is running unopposed.

Most County precincts have only one primary June 14

Voters will be surprised to learn that some precincts will have only one primary on June 14 in Anderson County. “Seventeen of our precincts will have both a Democratic and Republican Primary, but the other 63 precincts will only have a Republican Primary,” said Katy Smith, Executive Director. “The primary elections are held for the parties to determine their candidates for the General Election in November, and the only contest that is on the Democratic Ballot in June, that has opposition, is County Council District 2. Therefore, voters that want to vote in the Democratic Primary must live and be registered to vote in one of those 17 precincts and live within County Council District 2.”

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