Category Archives: Government & Politics

Cash wins Senate 3 runoff

Richard Cash, a Powdersville businessman, defeated former Pendleton mayor Carol Burdette in the Republican runoff primary for Lt. Governor Kevin Bryant’s vacated seat in the S.C. Senate. Since no Democrats pursued the seat, it seems likely that Cash will serve the rest of Bryant’s term as the Senator from District 3.

Burdette, Cash in runoff for Senate District 3 seat

By Stan Welch
As expected, a runoff will be necessary to determine who will take the S.C. Senate seat for District Three. In Tuesday’s Republican primary for the seat, former Pendleton Mayor Carol Burdette and Powdersville businessman Richard Cash gleaned the two highest number of votes, setting up a runoff on April 25.

Mayor presents FEMA claim to US Congressman’s staff

By Stan Welch
Mayor Mack Durham took the town of Williamston’s problems with FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Administration) up the chain of command this week, meeting with members of U.S. Congressman Jeff Duncan’s staff at the municipal center.

Duncan to meet with constituents in Anderson – April 10

In preparation for the upcoming April district work period, Congressman Jeff Duncan announced plans to hold individual meetings with constituents on Monday, April 10th in Laurens and on Thursday, April 13th in Anderson, in addition to his regularly scheduled public outreach.

Absentee voting open for Senate District 3 primary

In-person absentee voting is now underway in Anderson County for the Senate District 3 Republican Primary.
Registered voters, who qualify, and need to cast an absentee ballot can weekdays during the hours of 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

Republican precinct reorganizing meeting Mar. 20

The Anderson County Republican Party will hold its biennial precinct reorganization on Monday, March 20. Republican voters living in the Williamston, Williamston Mill, Pelzer, West Pelzer, and Cedar Grove precincts will meet that night at the Calvary Baptist Church social hall in Williamston at 6:30 p.m.
All registered voters who identify as Republicans are welcome to attend. Those in attendance will elect delegates to the County Convention which will be held on April 17.

Wilson graduates Elected Officials Institute

Pelzer Councilmember Kimberly Wilson has graduated from the Municipal Associaton of South Carolina (MASC) Municipal Elected Officials Institute of Government. Graduates received their certificates during the Municipal Association of South Carolina’s Hometown Legislative Action Day. Photo – Mayor Bill Young, Municipal Association of South Carolina president, congratulates Pelzer Councilmember Kimberly Wilson on her graduation of the Municipal Elected Officials Institute of Government.

Sen. Tim Scott accepting intern applications

U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) has announced he is accepting congressional internship applications for available positions in his North Charleston, Columbia and Greenville offices for the summer of 2017. The internship program offers undergraduate and graduate students practical experience in constituent services and government policy.

Thayer says she will not run for Senate seat

By Stan Welch – After several weeks of consideration and contemplation, District 9 State Representative Anne Thayer has decided to remain in the House, instead of entering the race for the recently vacated State Senate seat held by Kevin Bryant.
“I gave it a lot of serious thought, but in the end, I decided that I had run for the House in the first place to achieve certain goals for the people of District Nine,” said Thayer in an interview with The Journal.

Senator Scott on Black History Month

Senator Tim Scott on
Black History MonthWashington – U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) released the following statement celebrating the beginning of Black History Month.
“From Benjamin Banneker to Martin Luther King, Jr., and Muddy Waters to Stevie Wonder, black Americans have contributed immensely to the history, story, and very soul of our nation. That journey has often been faced with hardships, but has also produced some amazing results.

SC Electoral College cast votes for Trump

SC Democratic Party sends petition prior to vote

Secretary of State Mark Hammond convened the 2016 Electoral College Monday, December 19, 2016 at 11 a.m. in Columbia. Unanimously casting their votes for Presidential nominee Donald J. Trump of New York, and Vice Presidential nominee Michael R. Pence of Indiana. “As South Carolina’s Secretary of State, I am proud to certify the electoral votes that will be tallied by a joint session of Congress and officially elect the President and Vice President of the United States,” said Secretary of State Hammond. “With this vote, we become part of our country’s great history and future.”

As part of a national effort to have electors go against their responsibility to the Electoral College process, and claims of foreign influence on the election, earlier today the South Carolina Democratic Party sent a petition to South Carolina’s nine members of the Electoral College in advance of their meeting. The petition, which had over 1400 signatures, called on electors to withhold their votes in the Electoral College until they receive a detailed intelligence briefing on Russian interference in the election.

Alexander wins seat on council by 17 votes

Williamston voters decided Tuesday that they wanted a new councilmember to serve on the Ward 4 seat. In the run off election, challenger Chris Alexander received 155 votes to incumbent Otis Scott’s 138.

Alexander had 111 votes in the town precinct to 77 for Scott. Scott took the mill precinct with 56 votes to Alexander’s 42. Scott also received two absentee votes. In the Cedar Grove precinct, Scott had 3 votes to Alexander’s 2 votes.

Williamston Town Council runoff election Tuesday

Williamston voters are reminded to go back to the polls next Tuesday (Nov. 22) to decide who will serve on Williamston Town Council on the Ward 4 seat. Incumbent Councilman Otis Scott hopes to retain the seat he presently holds while political newcomer Chris Alexander will challenge Scott for the seat.

Senators to hold public forum on race and reconciliation

Senators Gerald Malloy, D-Darlington, and Kevin Bryant, R-Anderson will hold a public forum to discuss the vital topic of race and reconciliation in South Carolina’s communities. The forum will take place at the Anderson Civic Center on November 21, at 6:00 p.m.

Members of the public, law enforcement, faith leaders, and elected officials are encouraged to attend and share their observations and ideas on how to best unify South Carolina communities.

Williamston Town Council runoff Nov. 22

By David Meade

Williamston voters will go back to the polls next Tuesday (Nov. 22) to decide who will serve on Williamston Town Council on the Ward 4 seat. Incumbent Councilman Otis Scott hopes to retain the seat he presently holds while political newcomer Chris Alexander will challenge Scott for the seat.

Alexander said he was very appreciative and humbled by the votes he received. “I am thankful for everyone’s support.” He asked voters to come back out in next Tuesday. “I would appreciate their support.” Scott said if he is re-elected he will be a full time councilman representing the citizens of the town and will be available anytime.

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