Category Archives: Government & Politics

West Pelzer election to decide mayor

West Pelzer voters will choose between Blake Sanders and Jimmy Jeanes when they vote Tuesday (Nov. 3)on who will get the mayor’s seat, which current Mayor Peggy Paxton chose not to seek again.

Jeanes will retain his Council seat if his mayoral run is unsuccessful, while Sanders will be out of office. However, if Jeanes is successful, a special election will have to be held to fill his Council seat.

Meet the Pelzer Candidates . . .

By David Meade

All but two of the eleven candidates running for Pelzer Town Council spoke at the candidate meet and greet forum held last Thursday at the Pelzer Community Building. Approximately 30 people attended the event to hear what the candidates had to say and to ask questions. Town Clerk Heather Holcombe moderated the forum and had candidates draw numbers from a glass jar that would determine the order they would address the crowd:

Jimmy Harrison

Harrison said he was honored to stand as a candidate for town council in front of a group of Pelzer people. Harrison said he has served as a volunteer with the fire department and 12 years as a volunteer with the Pelzer Rescue Squad when it was all volunteer.

Trump coming to Anderson Oct. 19

The Anderson County Republican Party will host Presidential Candidate Donald Trump in an appearance to be held Monday, Oct. 19 at 6 p.m. at the Civic Center of Anderson. Vip opportunities are available by calling 933-6141, donations will be accepted. for tickerts RSVPto:

Meet the candidates in Pelzer Thursday

By David Meade

Eleven candidates running for four seats on Pelzer Town Council will have another opportunity to introduce themselves to voters this Thursday, Oct. 15. Residents interested in hearing what the candidates have to say will have the opportunity to meet the candidates during a forum beginning at 7 p.m. at the Pelzer Community Building.

Incumbents Cheryl Boudreau, Donna Ide and Tony Riddle are seeking reelection to the seats they have held for some time. Joining them on the ballot will be Jimmy Harrison, Roger Scott Sr., Kimberly Crone Wilson, Charles Emery, Olene Bear, Gilbert Garrett, Eve Holiday and Will Ragland.

Heather Holcombe, town clerk, said that the Sept. meet and greet was well attended, by both candidates and the general public. “We had all but two of the candidates there,and both of them plan to be here Thursday night. We hope the folks from the town will turn out. This is an important election, since it is our first since the annexation referendum. This is a great chance to meet these candidates and see what their thoughts are about the future of the town.”

Sanders positive about future of West Pelzer

Candidate for mayor

BlakeSandersresBy Stan Welch

To some, the sudden decision by long time West Pelzer Mayor Peggy Paxton not to seek another term evokes uncertainty about the town’s future, while to others it offers opportunity to help shape that future.

Current Town Councilman Blake Sanders, who is running for the job, falls into that second category. “I think there is a positive response throughout the town to the opportunity for new leadership. Just as there seems to be a real resistance to the same old names and ideas at every level of politics right now, I think that the people of West Pelzer are also looking for new solutions,” said Sanders in a telephone interview with The Journal.

Sanders clearly identifies three specific areas where the need for leadership is most glaring.

“There are three areas where I think we do a terrible job as a town government. The first is in planning. In recent years, there has been a tendency among a majority of the council to simply enact budget cuts, in order to achieve a certain goal. But budget cuts and other decisions that impact the town, need to be planned for.”

Sanders says that the business community doesn’t see an undermanned police force as a workable, long term arrangement.” As a result of this lack of planning, the status of our police department is constantly up in the air. This is unsettling to both businesses and citizens who have made it clear that public safety is a major concern for them. I fought very hard in the last two budgets to keep a full time force. One year, we were successful. The latest budget included compromise involving the use of part time officers. I eventually voted for it, because it leaves the way open to eventually return to a full time force.”

McBride announces plans, will be tough on crime if elected sheriff

McBride-for-sheriff-2-resChad McBride, officially announced that he is a candidate for the Office of Sheriff in Anderson County.

During his announcement last Tuesday, McBride said he plans to be tough on crime and bring a new strategy to law enforcement in Anderson County, provide excellence in the service residents receive and bring a good strategy to improve response times and the quality of investigations.

McBride said he grew up in Anderson County and still resides here. “This is my home. This is where my family and I live, work and worship. The safety of my family is the most important priority and I would do anything and everything to protect them,” McBride said. “This is the foundation of my calling to serve as your sheriff. Every family in Anderson County deserves the peace of mind that their family, their investments, their way of life is secure from those who would do them harm or take from them.”

Meet the candidates in Pelzer Thursday

The Town of Pelzer will host a “Meet the Candidate” night this Thursday, September 17th at 7 p.m. at the Pelzer Community Building. Candidates will be given approximately 15 minutes each to introduce themselves, explain why they are running for council, and answer a few questions.

Eleven candidates petitioned for council but the town has not received official results from Anderson County Election Commisssion as to who will be on the ballot for the November election.

Mayor Steve McGregor was the only candidate to sign up for Mayor.

A second “Meet the Candidate” night will be held on Thursday, October 15 at 7 p.m. at the Pelzer Community Building. All candidates are welcome at both events and will have an allotted time to speak.

Paxton will not run for reelection in West Pelzer

By Stan Welch

Last week, with less than forty eight hours left for candidates to sign up for mayoral and town council elections there were several questions about the upcoming elections left unanswered. Many of those questions have been answered, although some of the answers are surprising.

In West Pelzer, for the first time in a decade, Peggy Paxton, who has served as mayor, will not be on the ballot, having decided not to file for the race. Instead, two incumbent Council members, Blake Sanders and Jimmy Jeanes will vie for that position. Jeanes’ Council seat is not at risk. If he fails in his bid for mayor, he will retain his seat on Council. If he is elected mayor, his seat will be vacated until a special election is held on the thirteenth Tuesday following his swearing in ceremony. That date falls on March 29, 2016.

GOP Presidential candidates in Anderson

Senator Ted Cruz, Dr. Ben Carson, Gov. Scott Walker

By Stan Welch

The Anderson Civic Center welcomed twenty one hundred area residents and three well known candidates for the Republican nomination for President of the United States Monday night.

Suffice it to say, it was no place for moderates. Third District Congressman Jeff Duncan’s fifth annual Faith and Freedom BBQ attracted a distinctly conservative crowd, who came to hear former Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, and political neophyte and world renowned neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson.

Congressman Duncan got the ball rolling with an early press conference, during which he conceded that the three guests he had invited were considered as insurgents by the GOP establishment. “One thing that seems abundantly clear in this primary season so far is that people don’t trust the insiders, the power structure. That is the main reason that these folks, as well as some others outside the mainstream of the party are rising in the polls,” said Duncan.

Duncan holds town hall meeting in Powdersville

By Stan Welch

Congressman Jeff Duncan was in Powdersville Tuesday afternoon as a part of his summer recess tour of the district. He moved steadily from table to table at Atha’s Restaurant, sitting with constituents, both asking and answering questions. The flow of patrons was steady, and Duncan extended the hour long meet and greet by a considerable margin.

Questions ranged from health care concerns to the Republican debate last week, and touched on a variety of subjects in between. When he wasn’t tied up with the voters, the Congressman answered a few questions for The Journal. He expressed his concerns about former Secretary of State and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s situation concerning her private e-mail server.

Books open in Pelzer

For November election

The Town of Pelzer will hold a general election for the offices of mayor and four council seats on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 Citizens desiring to be candidates may file at the Pelzer Town Hall, 103 Courtney Street in Pelzer.

Books will be open for filing at noon, August 6, and remain open during regular business hours until noon, August 20. There is no filing free for the offices. The election is a non-partisan, and no party affiliation shall be placed on the ballot.

Books open in West Pelzer

For November election

The Town of West Pelzer will hold a general election for the offices of mayor and two council seats on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 Citizens desiring to be candidates may file at the West Pelzer Town Hall, 3 Hindman Street West Pelzer. Books will be open for filing August 6 at 8am and remain open during regular business hours until August 20 at 5pm.

The filing fee for the office of mayor is $50. The filing fee for the office of council is $25. The election is a non-partisan, and no party affiliation shall be placed on the ballot.

Anyone desiring to vote in the upcoming election must be registered by October 3, 2015. To register, contact the Anderson County Board of Voter Registration.

Last chance to see “Grease”

The last showing of the Mill Town Players production of Grease at the Pelzer Auditorium will be held this week. Tickets are only $10 for general admission, $8 for seniors 65 and older, and $7 for students under 18 and available at the door or online. Show times this Thursday-Saturday are at 7:30pm.

The new season will begin with Ring of Fire, The music of Johnny Cash September 4-29.

Mill Town Players perform in the historic Pelzer Auditorium at 214 Lebby Street, Pelzer. For more information about Mill Town Players and upcoming productions, call 864-947-8000 or visit the website

Presidential candidate Rick Perry coming to Anderson

Governor Rick Perry, Candidate for the Presidency and former Governor of Texas, is coming to Anderson on Thursday, August 13, at the invitation of the Anderson County Republican Party. Perry will speak at a Townhall Meeting at Anderson Christian School Auditorium, 3902 Liberty Highway, Anderson at 6:30 pm.

“Come hear Gov. Rick Perry speak about his position on National Security, Immigration, Education and many other topics,” an ACRP representative said. The meeting will be moderated by Radio Host, Josh Kimbrell. The public is invited. There is no charge to attend. Dress is casual. Also Keyboard Musician, Jared Roberts, will be providing patriotic musical entertainment and other selections.

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