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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.

Cedar Grove Precinct to vote at Calvary

Voters in the Cedar Grove Precinct located inside the municipal limits of the Town of Williamston will cast their ballots for the Tuesday, November 22, Williamston Runoff Election at the Williamston Mill Precinct at Calvary Baptist Church. Polling places are: The Williamston Mill Precinct at Calvary Baptist Church; the Williamston Precinct at Palmetto Middle School. Cedar Grove Precinct voting will be at the Williamston Mill Precinct at Calvary Baptist Church. Vote counting will take place at Palmetto Middle School following the closing of polls at 7 p.m.

Incumbents remain in office

Scott, Duncan, Thayer

By Stan Welch

On the state and local level, there were few, if any surprises, in Tuesday’s elections. That was in part because so many candidates, especially at the county level, were unopposed incumbents. There were, however, a scattering of write-in votes in almost every single race. The numbers were insignificant, but the spread of the write-ins was unusual.

In the U.S. Senate race, incumbent Tim Scott won in a runaway, gathering almost seventy four per cent of the vote against three opponents. In a rather odd circumstance, two of his opponents, Thomas Dixon and Bill Bledsoe, appeared on the ballot under the banner of more than one political party.

A total of 78,233 votes were cast for Scott in Anderson County, which set a new record for voter turnout with 81,024 votes cast. That represents 65.2% of the registered voters in the county.

Scott, Alexander in runoff

Williamston Town Council

Williamston voters will go back to the polls Nov. 22 to decide who will serve as the Ward 4 Councilman. Incumbent Otis Scott and Chris Alexander, will be in a runoff for the seat. Scott had a total of 421 votes while Alexander received 365. Tim Farmer garnered 206 votes in the three way race. The two top vote getters will face off in two weeks. With no challengers, incumbent Mayor Mack Durham and incumbent Councilman David Harvell were easily reelected to their seats.

At the polls

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Poll worker Jaylan Luvene assists a voter with the electronic voting machine at  Calvary Baptist Church in Williamston Tuesday morning. Poll workers have been busy with the moderate to heavy turnout so far. (Photo by Michael Lollis)

Voters turn out on election day

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Williamston precinct poll workers Bebe Pepper, Ruth Ferguson, and Joan Black help voters prepare their ticket to vote as a line stretches to the door of the auditorium at Palmetto Middle School on Tuesday morning. Town of Williamston voting was also set up separately in the auditorium. (Photo by Michael Lollis)

Election Day advice

Anderson County Election Director Katy Smith gives the following advice and tips on voting today: “We expect long lines of voters,” Smith said. She asked voters to “be patient.”

Also – Voters can help reduce the lines by making sure they have the proper photo ID, or failing that have their voter registration card to show. Message: make sure your registration is up to date before heading to the polls. You can slow down the lines by not taking the time to verify your registration if you have moved since you last voted.

Know where you go to vote.

State, local candidates

Many candidates on the ballot are facing no opposition. The following are the candidates for the various offices.

In Anderson County, the candidates for Sheriff (Chad McBride); Solicitor,(David Wagner); Clerk of Court (Richard Shirley); Coroner (Greg Shore); Treasurer (Jason Phillips); and Auditor (Jacky Hunter) are all unopposed in the general election.

County council members Cindy Wilson, Ken Waters, and Tom Allen are all unopposed.

Mike Upton is unopposed for the District Two seat on the County Board of Education.

In the District One School Board races, Brenda Ellison is unopposed in Area Six, Mike Wilson is unopposed in Area Two, while David “Moochie” Merritt is opposed by John C. Neel IV in Area Three.

Town of Williamston to decide council seat

The following candidates are running for elected office in the Town of Williamston municipal election November 8. Three people are running for the Council Ward 4 seat including incumbent Otis Scott, Chris Alexander and Timothy Farmer. Incumbent David Harvell will face no competition for his Council Ward 3 seat. Mayor Mack Durham is up for re-election and will be on the ballott but had no one sign up to run against him. Joshua Blake Taylor has declared himself as a write-in for Mayor according to Anderson County Voters Registration.

Many local candidates facing no opposition

By Stan Welch

 Many candidates on the ballot next Tuesday are facing no opposition. The following are the candidates for the various offices: The candidates for Sheriff (Chad McBride); Solicitor,(David Wagner); Clerk of Court (Richard Shirley); Coroner (Greg Shore); Treasurer (Jason Phillips); and Auditor (Jacky Hunter) are all unopposed in the general election.

County council members Cindy Wilson, Ken Waters, and Tom Allen are all unopposed. Lib Pack and Rudy Rhodes face no opposition in the Piedmont Public Service Commission race.

Mike Upton is unopposed for the District Two seat on the County Board of Education.

In the District One School Board races, Brenda Ellison is unopposed in Area Six, Mike Wilson is unopposed in Area Two, while David “Moochie” Merritt is opposed by John C. Neel IV in Area Three.

Al Rentz is unopposed in his run for the Big Creek Watershed Conservation Commission, While Carroll Ross is unopposed in the Broadmouth Creek election.

Thayer facing opposition for House District 9 seat

Election Day Nov. 8

By Stan Welch – Less than a week remains before South Carolina and America goes to the polls. South Carolina will elect one U.S. Senator, as incumbent Republican Tim Scott faces an odd selection of opponents,with three men representing five different parties.

Thomas Dixon is listed as a member of both the Democrat and Green parties, while Bill Bledsoe represents both the Constitutional and Libertarian parties, while Rebel Michael Scarborough represents the American Party.

Incumbent Congressman Jeff Duncan faces opposition in the District 3 House race from Hosea Cleveland, a Democrat.

Closer to home, in the race for the state House of Representatives, District 9 incumbent Anne Thayer is seeking a fourth term. Her Democratic opponent, Mary Geren, is a first time candidate for public office.

Merritt seeking re-election to District One school board

David “Moochie” Merritt is seeking re-election to the Anderson District One School Board. Merritt is a lifelong resident of Piedmont, where he lives with Debbie, his wife of 36 years. He also has two children, both graduates of Anderson District One Schools, and three grandchildren. Merritt is a 1978 graduate of Wren High School and received his BS and MBA degrees from Clemson University.

Merritt has served on the School Board for twenty years and is currently the Board’s Secretary. During this time Anderson District One has seen the graduation rate rise to 92%, academic and athletic facility improvements including

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