Elections

Experts at USC symposium say it’s too early to know who will emerge in presidential race

The campaign to be the next president of the United States has been underway for months, but as University of South Carolina instructor and former Democratic National Committee Chairman Don Fowler said, “Now it gets serious.” Tuesday night’s panel featured Laura Woliver (from left), Harrison, Tumulty, Scott Huffmon, Alexis Simendinger, and Charles Bierbauer (photo by Allen Wallace) Voters will begin…

Howard Duvall says he ‘can hit the ground running’ during Columbia City Council campaign launch

Veteran politico Howard Duvall said he wants to make Columbia a place to “live, work and play” if elected to City Council this November. Duvall, 72, launched his campaign Wednesday evening with a crowd of supporters at the First Citizen’s Cafe on Main Street. Howard Duvall launches his campaign for the Columbia City Council at-large seat. (photo by Kelly Petty) “I believe the…

Columbia City Councilman Cameron Runyan announces re-election bid

Columbia City Councilman Cameron Runyan called his re-election bid a fight against the “old city hall history of financial recklessness” that he said is being passed on to taxpayers. Columbia City Councilman announces his run for re-election to the at-large seat Wednesday. (photo by Kelly Petty) Runyan, 38, announced his decision to run for the at-large seat Wednesday morning, the…

Solar energy projects, new jobs coming to Lexington County

Two companies — one California-based and one internationally-based — are coming to Lexington County with renewable energy and new jobs. OMP Mechtron LLC, a manufacturer of mechanical parts and electronic integration headquartered in Italy, is expanding its existing operation in Batesburg-Leesville to a larger facility in Gilbert. The $2.9 million investment will create 20 new jobs during the next five years. “There are a…

Election 2015: Several candidates file for mayoral, council seats in West Columbia, Irmo, Chapin

Candidate filing has closed for the final two Lexington County municipalities, and the ballot is crowded in West Columbia. Four people have filed to run for West Columbia mayor, and an additional 11 people filed to run for one of the four open seats on West Columbia City Council. All candidates face challengers. Incumbent Eric Fowler is not seeking re-election for District…

Election 2015: Filing update for municipal races

The candidate rosters are filling up fast for municipal elections in Lexington and Richland counties. Filing closed at noon Friday for some cities, but others like Columbia, West Columbia and Chapin have extended deadlines. Interested residents can contact the Lexington County Registration and Elections Commission, the city of West Columbia or the Richland County Elections and Voter Registration board for more details…

Local real estate agent John Adams announces run for Columbia City Council

Columbia’s City Council members could see the son of a former mayor join their ranks, as John Adams has announced his intent to run for the at-large seat. John Adams, a local real estate agent and son of former Mayor Patton Adams, plans to run for Columbia’s at-large city council seat. (photo provided) “Taking Columbia to its full potential is not…

Nickelodeon Theatre Executive Director Andy Smith announces run for Columbia City Council

The candidate pool for Columbia City Council continues to grow as the November election nears. Andy Smith, executive director of the Nickelodeon Theatre, is the latest resident to announce his bid for the at-large seat currently occupied by Cameron Runyan. “I think we’ve got a new generation stepping up wanting to take on leadership roles across the city, and I…

Election 2015: Filing update for November election

The next major municipal elections for Lexington and Richland counties are less than three months away, but only a handful of people have filed to run so far. The elections are set for Nov. 3, and municipalities with mayors, council members or both up for re-election include West Columbia, Batesburg-Leesville, Chapin, Pelion, Pine Ridge, Springdale, Summitt, Swansea, Columbia, Arcadia Lakes, Blythewood…

State Rep. Beth Bernstein opts out of bid for S.C. Senate seat

State Rep. Beth Bernstein, who represents House District 78, announced Tuesday that she would not seek state Sen. Joel Lourie’s seat. Lourie recently said he would not run for re-election for District 22. Rep. Beth Bernstein. (photo provided) “After much prayer and personal reflection, my conclusion is that while serving in the Senate would be an exciting opportunity, I believe my…

Aaron Bishop tells constituents “I am District 2” as he announces candidacy for Columbia City Council seat

  Aaron Bishop summed up what he wanted constituents to know about him in four words: “I am District 2.” The Richland One School Board member kicked off his campaign Wednesday night for the Columbia City Council seat with family, friends and supporters in tow. “My leadership is unquestionable because I am a proven leader who listens, and I’m anointed…

Richland County Councilman Jim Manning announces campaign for S.C. House seat

Richland County Councilman Jim Manning has announced his intention to run for the South Carolina House of Representatives. Manning plans to campaign for the District 78 seat currently occupied by Beth Bernstein, who represents Richland County. Bernstein’s term expires in 2016. Richland County Councilman Jim Manning. (photo provided) Manning, a licensed social worker, said he decided to run to pursue improvements…

Cayce reschedules September special election

The special election to replace an outgoing Cayce City Council member has been pushed back to coincide with another previously scheduled election. Council members voted last week to set the election date for Sept. 1 following the resignation of Councilman Tim James, who is relocating to Florida. An election for Lexington School District Four is set for Sept. 15, and officials…

Cayce sets special election date to replace outgoing Councilman Tim James

Cayce City Councilman Tim James is stepping down from his post after serving the city in one capacity or another for more than two decades, and residents will vote to elect his replacement this September. James announced his impending resignation in April after accepting a public safety job in Florida. He has served on council representing District 4 for five years….

Richland One students, community leaders participate in 7th annual Together We Can Read initiative

More than 2,000 third-graders in Richland One spent Thursday morning participating in reading time with more than 100 elected officials and community members as part of the district’s seventh annual Together We Can Read initiative. Columbia City Councilman Brian Newman reads to students at Burton-Pack Elementary School (photo by Kelly Petty). “This is important because it encourages children  to read,”…

Richland County Election Commission rejects more than 200 paper ballots from Tuesday’s election

Some members of the Richland County Election Commission said they were “uncomfortable” about the paper ballot process as more than 200 provisional and fail safe ballots were not counted at a called meeting Friday. The ballots were filled out by individuals who did not have a photo ID, changed addresses or were registered in another county. Commissioners rejected 233 ballots…

Election 2014: Results for statewide races

The following are the unofficial results for the statewide races in the 2014 midterm election: Statewide Governor: Nikki Haley (R) 57 percent Lieutenant Governor: Henry McMaster (R) 60 percent Secretary of State: Mark Hammond (R) 61 percent State Treasurer: Curtis Loftis (R) unopposed Attorney General: Alan Wilson (R) 61 percent Comptroller General: Richard Eckstrom (R) 61 percent State Superintendent of…

Molly Spearman voted in as new state superintendent of education

Republicans continued to sweep South Carolina elections Tuesday night as GOP candidate Molly Spearman was declared state education superintendent over challenger Tom Thompson. “I am so honored and humbled to be your next South Carolina State Superintendent of Education,” Spearman said in a statement online. “My entire career has prepared me for this endeavor. I know that my experience and…

Richland County sees ‘moderate turnout’ for midterm elections

Tuesday’s races capped off what Richland County Elections Director Samuel Selph called a “moderate turnout,” with about 40 percent of voters coming out for Election Day. The county had 92,070 ballots cast with all 149 precincts reporting. Selph said the county had about 238,000 registered voters sign up by the registration deadline, an increase of about 10,000 people from the…

Election 2014: Lexington and Richland school board seats

Voters have elected members to the seven local school boards, and those board members will help decide the future of new schools, the hiring of future superintendents and if teachers will receive raises. The following people were elected to school boards covering Lexington and Richland counties: Richland One: 1 at-large seat, Seat 1, and Seat 3 Aaron R. Bishop, Seat…

Lexington County, Cayce voters repeal Sunday alcohol sales ban

Voters in Lexington County and Cayce approved separate measures on Election Day to relax restrictions on the sale of beer and wine on Sundays. Lexington County officials said they received numerous requests from businesses in unincorporated parts of the county who said the playing field was not fair if adjacent businesses in town limits were able to sell alcohol on…

Nikki Haley re-elected as South Carolina governor, promises to ‘clean up Columbia’

The results in South Carolina’s 2014 gubernatorial election looked a lot like the 2010 results, only more so. Incumbent Nikki Haley cruised to an easy victory in her rematch with Vincent Sheheen. Haley defeated Sheheen by less than five percent in 2010, but as of late Tuesday night, with 73 percent of precincts reporting, the 2014 margin was much larger…