Candidates file to seek offices in South Carolina

Republican U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson will have a Democratic opponent in November. So will Aiken County Sheriff Mike Hunt and U.S. Sen. Tim Scott.

 

Two Democrats – Arik Bjorn and Phil Black – have filed to seek the District 2 House seat held by Wilson, according to the South Carolina Election Commission’s Web site, scvotes.org. Bjorn is from Columbia; Black is from Lexington County. Eddie McCain, of the American Party, also filed to seek the post.

Hunt, the incumbent Republican sheriff, will face Democrat Henry “Hank” Sims, an Aiken resident, in November.

Scott, the Republican incumbent, faces opposition from Democrat Thomas Dixon. Also running for the seat are Bill Bledsoe, who is listed as a candidate for both the Libertarian and Constitution parties, and Jim Hinkle and Rebel Michael Scarborough, of the American Party.

State Sen. Shane Massey picked up a primary challenger Wednesday, the last day for partisan candidates to file for state offices. He will be opposed by John Pettigrew, of Edgefield.

Incumbent Democratic state Sen. Nikki Setzler faces opposition from Republican Brad Lindsey in the District 26 race.

For Aiken County Council District 3, three Republicans – Danny Feagin, Don Turno and Earl Clinton Jr. – filed. No Democrat is seeking the post, so it will be decided in the June 14 primary. Voters will choose a replacement for LaWana McKenzie, who will retire at the end of her current term.

In the race for coroner, three candidates – all Republican – have emerged. Clay Adams and Thomas Scott are running against incumbent Tim Carlton.

For State House District 81, Republicans Chris Austin, Bart Blackwell, Jeremy O’Donnell and former county GOP Chairman K.T. Ruthven will square off in the primary. The incumbent, Don Wells, decided not to seek re-election.

State Rep. Chris Corley, who represents the 84th District, will be opposed by Republican Susan J. Swanson in the primary.

Republicans Lee Bodie and Jason Goings will face each other in the race for county treasurer.

Here is a list of offices for which candidates are running unopposed:

State Senate District 24, Tom Young (R)

State House District 82, William “Bill” Clyburn (D)

State House District 83, Bill Hixon (R)

State House District 86, Bill Taylor (R)

Solicitor, 2nd Circuit, J. Strom Thurmond (R)

Probate Judge, Tonya L. Marchant (R)

Clerk of court, Robert J. Harte (R)

Auditor, Charles T. Barton (R)

County council chairman, Ronnie Young (R)

County council, District 4, Chuck Smith (R)

County council, District 7, Andrew Siders (R)

County council, District 8, Willar H. Hightower Jr. (D)

Register of Mesne Conveyance, Judith V. Warner (R)

School board candidates, who are nonpartisan, have a different qualifying process and a July deadline. Their names will first appear on general election ballots in November. Seats held by Tad Barber, Keith Liner, Richard Hazen and Ronnie West are up for election this year.

KEY DATES FOR VOTERS

MAY 14: Deadline to register to vote in June 14 primaries

JUNE 13, 5 P.M.: Deadline to vote absentee in person for primary

JUNE 14: Primary election

JUNE 28: Primary runoff, if necessary

OCT. 8: Deadline to register to vote in general election

NOV. 8: General election

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