Category Archives: Government & Politics

Residents express opposition to county hospitality tax

During public meeting

By Stan Welch

District Seven Councilwoman Cindy Wilson held a public forum Tuesday night at the Williamston Municipal Center to receive public input on the proposed two cent hospitality tax for the unincorporated areas of the county. The meeting narrowly avoided mob status, as loud, unruly behavior ran its course. Approximately thirty people attended the informal meeting, and approximately two thirds of them expressed anger at the tax, at the government, at corruption, and in general.

Wilson, for her part, struggled at times to control the emotional group, which occasionally expressed itself in profanity, and whose members often went on long, rambling rants against several unrelated aspects of government, at the local, state and federal levels.

Republican Party to host town hall

On hospitality tax

The Anderson County Republican Party will host a Town Hall Forum on the proposed two percent tax on prepared food for unincorporated areas of Anderson County.The forum will be held at Concord Comunity church, 610 Concord Road in Anderson at 6:30 p.m. on Mnday Sept. 19. All members of Anderson County Council have been invited to attend the forum for explanation and interaction concerning the proposed hospitality tax, said Dan Harvell, ACRP Chairman. The public is invited to attend.

Rep. Thayer appointed to SC Tax Review Committee

House District 9 Representative Anne Thayer, was recently appointed by Speaker of the House, Jay Lucas, to serve on the House Tax Policy Review Committee. Speaker Pro-Tempore Tommy Pope will serve as Chairman. The committee will be comprised of fourteen legislators.

“The bipartisan members of this ad hoc committee were individually selected because of their leadership abilities and knowledge of the tax system. I am confident that this diverse group will successfully begin laying the groundwork for significant tax reform,” Speaker Jay Lucas stated.

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.

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