Elections for four seats on Aiken City Council will begin Tuesday, Aug. 8, with a Republican primary.
District 6 incumbent Philip Merry faces a challenge from Ed Woltz in a race that will decide which of them will run against Democrat Joann Tillman Hooper in the Nov. 7 general election.
In District 5, incumbent Steve Homoki is not seeking re-election, and three Republicans are running to replace him. They are Andrea Neira Gregory, Andy Hallen and Jeffrey S. Jordan. The primary winner will have no opposition in November.
If none of the District 5 candidates wins a majority in the primary, a runoff will be held Aug. 22, the same day voters will choose among three candidates – Andrew Siders, Chuck Smith and Gary Bunker – to fill the Aiken County Council chairman seat vacated after Ronnie Young won the state House District 84 race to replace Chris Corley.
City Council District 4 incumbent Reggie Ebner also decided not to seek re-election and Republican Ed Girardeau is the only candidate to file to seek that seat. He could pick up a challenger if someone decides to run as a write-in candidate or qualifies by petition by noon Aug. 24. Otherwise, Girardeau has a clear path to take the seat.
Democratic incumbent Lessie Price is the only candidate to file for her District 2 seat. Barring a late challenge, she will be re-elected.