Elections

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…

Richland County elections face few problems Tuesday morning, officials say

Election Day in Richland County kicked off with minor issues regarding candidate workers and ballot machines, elections officials say. Voters at the Polo Road Park precinct wait to cast their vote Tuesday. (photo by Kelly Petty) County Elections Director Samuel Selph said Tuesday afternoon that voting had gone relatively well despite a few mishaps in the morning. “All of the…

S.C. Supreme Court: House 114 seat race back on for Tuesday

The South Carolina Supreme Court has ruled that the election for State House of Representatives District 114 will take place Tuesday, overruling the decision of the state Election Commission. The Supreme Court decision, however, leaves a loophole that means a special election still could happen. The Election Commission ruled Thursday that a special election should be held after the state Republican…

South Carolina Election Commission sets special election in state House 114 race

The South Carolina Election Commission on Thursday reversed its Monday ruling and ordered a special election be held to fill the District 114 state House of Representatives seat. The South Carolina Election Commission met Thursday to discuss the House District 114 election. (photo by Allen Wallace) Incumbent Bobby Harrell was the Republican nominee for the seat, but he agreed to…

Tom Ervin withdraws from race for governor, endorses Sheheen

Independent Tom Ervin withdrew Tuesday from the race to be South Carolina’s next governor and threw his support behind Democrat state Sen. Vincent Sheheen. State Sen. Vincent Sheheen (file photo by Allen Wallace) Ervin initially entered the Republican primary, opposing Gov. Nikki Haley before choosing to run as as independent. Ervin labeled himself an “independent Republican,” making his decision to…

Lexington One School Board candidates debate Grading for Learning, funding district growth

The five candidates up for three seats on the Lexington One School Board shared their individual vision for the fast-growing district Monday during a candidate forum at Midway Elementary School. Among the topics for discussion were the Grading for Learning system, district budget and how to prepare for the future. Candidates for the three seats up for re-election are incumbents…

Lexington-Richland Five school board candidates express dissatisfaction with teacher evaluation process

Questions about finances, athletic improvements and teacher salaries were posed Tuesday to the candidates running for Lexington-Richland Five School Board. A total of nine candidates are vying for four seats. Two people will be elected to represent Lexington County, and two will be chosen for Richland County. Tuesday’s forum highlighted the Richland County candidates: Jacquetta M. Chatman, Larry D. Haltiwanger,…

Richland Two School Board candidates address teacher pay, achievement gaps at election forum

School safety and maintaining a balanced budget was on top of most school board candidates’ to-do lists for the Richland Two School District. The 12 school board candidates participated in a debate Thursday night hosted by the League of Women’s Voters ahead of the Nov. 4 election. Candidates for Richland Two school board debate Thursday at a forum hosted by…