AIKEN --- Local candidates can begin filing for November's general election at noon today.
County, statewide and federal positions will be open for filing until noon March 30, said Stuart Bedenbaugh, the executive director of Aiken County Registration and Elections Commission.
All four Aiken County Council members up for re-election plan to file over the next two weeks.
District 6 incumbent Charles Barton, District 2 incumbent Scott Singer and District 1 incumbent Kathy Rawls will all run for re-election. District 5 Councilman Sandy Haskell, who won a special election in November, will run for a full four-year term.
Candidates must file with their party officers over the next two weeks. Those filing for county seats must pay a $537.60 fee.
Those running for the South Carolina House must also file with their party officials and pay a $208 fee.
District 86 state Rep. Jim Stewart, R-Aiken, will run for re-election. Former newscaster Bill Taylor of Aiken has announced his run for the seat, Bedenbaugh said. District 83 state Rep. Don Smith, R-North Augusta, will not run for re-election, but Bill Hixson and Dea Baldwin have announced plans to compete for the seat.
District 81 Rep. Tom Young, R-Aiken; District 82 Rep. Bill Clyburn, D-Aiken; and District 84 Rep. Roland Smith, R-Warrenville, will run for re-election.
Local Democratic candidates can file at the Chandler Law Firm, 225 Chesterfield St. N.W. from noon to 4 p.m. today. After today, the office will be open for filing from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays until March 29. On March 28, the office will be open from noon to 4 p.m. On March 30, the last day of filing, it will be open from 9 a.m. to noon.
Republicans can file at the Aiken County party headquarters at 127 Greenville St. N.W., from noon to 3 p.m. today. Candidates can file from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday and Friday and March 23, 24 and 26. The office will be open from noon to 4 p.m. March 28. The last days of filing, March 29 and March 30, it will be open from 8 a.m. to noon.