Voters go the polls Tuesday (Nov. 8) for Midterm Election

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Voters have local and state candidates to decide on in the Midterm General Election next Tuesday, Nov. 8.
On the state level – Incumbent Republican Governor Henry McMaster and Lt. Governor Pamela Evette are on the Republican ticket and are facing challenges by Bruce Reeves and Jessica Ethridge on the Libertarian Part and Joe Cunningham and Talley Parham Casey on the Democratic Ticket.
Secretary of State – Incumbent Mark Hammond (Republican) is being challenged by Rosemounda Peggy Butler (Democratic).
State Treasurer – Curtis Loftis (Republican) being challenged by Sarah E. Work of the Alliance Party.
Attorney General Alan Wilson (Republican) is running unopposed.
Comptroller General Richard Eckstrom (Republican) is also running unopposed.
Voters have three choices for State Superintendent of Education. They are Patricia M. Mickel (Green), Ellen Weaver (Republican), Lisa Ellis (Alliance) or Lisa Ellis (Democratic).
For Commissioner of Agriculture, voters can choose between Chris Nelums (United Citizens), David Edmond (Green) or Hugh Weathers (Republican). Weathers has been serving as South Carolina’s Commissioner of Agriculture since September 2004.
U. S. Senator Tim Scott (Republican) is facing a challenge by Democrat Krystle Matthews.
Jeff Duncan is running unopposed for the U. S. House of Representatives District 3 seat he currently holds. Seante Dist. 3 covers Abbeville, Anderson, Edgefield, Greenville, Greenwood, Laurens, McCormick, Newberry, Oconee, Pickens and Saluda Counties.
State House of Representatives, District 6 April Cromer (Republican) running unopposed after defeating Brian White in the Republican Primary.
State House District 7 incumbent representative Jay West (Republican) is facing a challenge by Democrat Chris Salley. House Dist. 7 covers portions of Abbeville, Anderson and Greenville Counties)
State House of Representatives, District 9 – Incumbent Republican Anne Thayer is being challenged by Democratic candidate Judith Polson.
State House of Representatives, District 10 – Republican Thomas Beach is running unopposed for the seat after defeating West Cox in Republican Primary. Dist. 10 covers portions of Anderson, Greenville and Pickens Counties.
State House of Representatives, District 11 – Republican Craig Gagnon is running unopposed for the seat which covers portions of Abbeville, Anderson and Laurens Counties.
Probate Judge J. T. Foster (Republican) is running unopposed.
Auditor Unexpired Term – John Benca (Republican) running unopposed.
County Council District 7 – Incumbent M. Cindy Wilson (Republican) is being challenged by Mark Powell (Democratic).
Soil and Water Commission (vote for two)Art D. Garrison Non partisan and Alex Kostik non partisan or write in
Big Creek Water District – Joey Werner.
School District 1 Area 4 Pat Cox (nonpartisan).
School Trustee District 1 Area 5 Wendy Burgess (nonpartisan).
School Trustee District 1 Area 7 Nancy Owen Upton (nonpartisan).
County Board of Education District 3 – Doug Atkins; District 4 – Greg Balog

Amendment 1
Must Section 36(A), Article III of the Constitution of this State, relating to the General Reserve Fund, be amended so as to provide that the General Reserve Fund of five percent of general fund revenue of the latest completed fiscal year must be increased each year by one-half of one percent of the general fund revenue of the latest completed fiscal year until it equals seven percent of such revenues? Explanation A ‘Yes’ vote will increase the amount of money state government must keep in the General Reserve Fund (its “rainy day” fund) from 5% of the previous year’s revenue to 7% of the previous year’s revenue. Vote Yes or No.
Amendment 2
Must Section 36(B), Article III of the Constitution of this State be amended so as to provide that the Capital Reserve Fund of two percent of the general fund revenue of the latest completed fiscal year be increased to three percent of the general fund revenue of the latest completed fiscal year and to provide that the first use of the Capital Reserve Fund must be to offset midyear budget reductions? Explanation A ‘Yes’ vote will increase the amount of money state government must appropriate to the Capital Reserve Fund (the “reserve and capital improvements” fund) from 2% of the previous year’s revenue to 3% of the previous year’s revenue and require that the Capital Reserve Fund’s first priority is to offset midyear budget cuts at state agencies.

Williamston Town Council
G. Lee Cole, Jr. is running unopposed for the Williamston Town Council Ward 2 seat he currently holds. Tony Hagood is running as a write-in candidate for the Ward 1 seat he currently holds. His name will not appear on the ballot.

Piedmont Public Service District
Three candidates are running for re-election to the Piedmont Public Service District Board of Commissioners. They are Al C McAbee Jr., Ed Poore and Terry Yates. The positions are nonpartisan.