Bottom Line

If letters to the editor are any indication – and they can be – then Gary Bunker’s outright win against two worthy opponents in Tuesday’s Aiken County Council chairman’s Republican primary race comes as no surprise.


Bunker’s support in letters to the Augusta Chronicle was fierce and relentless. And that showed up in the polls.

With 55 percent of the vote – most impressive in a three-way race – and no Oct. 24 general election opponent, Bunker will become chairman thereafter.

Voters liked Bunker’s past council experience – two terms, from 2005 to 2012 – as well as his emphasis on fiscal conservatism. And, of course, Bunker credited his widespread support.

The chairman slot was open due to the election of former Chairman Ronnie Young, who won election last May to state House District 84, filling the vacancy of former Rep. Chris Corley who resigned in January after a domestic abuse arrest.

Bunker’s two quality opponents, current county council members Andrew Siders and Chuck Smith, remain on the board. So voters actually get all three – plus no more special elections, which would’ve been necessary to fill either Siders’ or Smith’s posts.

The musical chairs is over for now, with a new chairman.



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