Election for Aiken County Council chairman set

There’s an election today for Aiken County Council chairman, but there’s only one name on the ballot.

 

It’s Gary Bunker’s. He won the primary in August with 55 percent of the vote, topping fellow Republicans District 7 County Council­man Andrew Siders and District 4 Councilman Chuck Smith.

But the general election has to be held anyway, to give write-in candidates a chance, according to the Aiken County Board of Elections. None had emerged as of Monday.

Today’s election is countywide, with all polling places open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.

Bunker is a former councilman who served two terms, from 2005 through 2012, and works at Savannah River Site in project controls and business management. He was elected vice chairman three times and was chairman of the Administrative Committee for four years.

The council chairman’s seat became vacant when Ronnie Young won the election to fill the District 84 state House seat vacated by Chris Corley, who resigned in January after being charged with domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature.

 

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