Elections

Panelists at USC forum say state Sen. Vincent Sheheen has steep uphill climb in gubernatorial race

A group of professors who follow state politics closely say the odds are in favor of a second term in office for Gov. Nikki Haley. Thursday night’s panel featured Scott Buchanan (from left), Scott Huffmon, Todd Shaw, Alissa Warters, David Woodard and moderator Charles Bierbauer. (photo by Allen Wallace) The University of South Carolina hosted a symposium on the gubernatorial…

Lexington County issues change of date for Chapin special election

The date for an upcoming special election in Chapin is up in the air after county officials set a new date against the wishes of town officials. Chapin Mayor Skip Wilson issued a statement Wednesday afternoon saying the Lexington County Commission of Registration and Elections had changed the election to Sept. 30. Town residents originally were supposed to vote on a…

Provost Academy online charter high school to host informational session

Families interested in an alternative learning model for their students can attend an upcoming informational session with one of the state’s leading online public charter high schools. Student study in Provost Academy’s The Learning Center. (photo by Kelly Petty) Provost Academy South Carolina will host a free opportunity for parents and students to learn about the school and how to…

Election 2014: Filing opens Friday for Cayce City Council, school board seats in Lexington, Richland counties

Residents who desire to play a more active role in their community government can file for an open seat on City Council or their district’s school board starting this week. Filing for several November races opens Friday at noon and will remain open until noon Aug. 15. Elections offices in Richland and Lexington counties will be available to candidates during…

Margaret Fisher receives GOP nomination for Lexington County coroner

Another special election is in the books in Lexington County. According to unofficial results, Margaret Fisher defeated fellow Republican candidate Brian Setree in the race for coroner. Fisher received 58 percent of the vote. The two candidates were on the ballot Tuesday in the Republican primary runoff after receiving the most votes in the July 1 primary election. Fisher is…

Thomas Ravenel files petition to run for U.S. Senate

Former South Carolina Treasurer Thomas Ravenel, who resigned from that office after pleading guilty to federal cocaine distribution charges, filed a petition Monday to run for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Sen. Lindsey Graham. Thomas Ravenel (photo courtesy of the Thomas Ravenel campaign) Ravenel presented a petition to the South Carolina Election Commission, saying it had more than…

Lexington County Council begins process to put repeal of Sunday alcohol sales ban on ballot

Lexington County residents likely will have another big issue to vote on at the polls this November. County Council members gave first reading approval Wednesday to an ordinance placing a repeal of Sunday alcohol sales limits on the ballot. If passed by voters, the referendum would eliminate restrictions on stores and allow them to sell beer and wine on Sunday…

Henry McMaster wins Republican runoff for lieutenant governor nomination

Former South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster is now the Republican nominee for lieutenant governor. McMaster defeated Mike Campbell in the runoff for the nomination Tuesday with nearly 64 percent of the vote. McMaster finished first in the Republican primary June 10 but fell short of the majority required to claim the nomination. McMaster will take on the Democratic nominee…

Ned Tolar nabs Lexington County Council seat in Republican primary runoff

Two weeks after one incumbent was defeated in the race for Lexington County Council’s open seats, another lost out in the Republican primary runoff. Ned Tolar defeated incumbent Republican Bill Banning in District 8 with 55 percent of the vote. According to unofficial results Tuesday from Lexington County, Tolar received 1,084 votes to Banning’s 874. District 8 required a runoff…

Thompson, Spearman set to face off in state superintendent of education race

The November election picture became clearer Tuesday as candidates emerged victorious in the Republican and Democratic primary runoffs for state superintendent of education. Edging out their competitors were Republican Molly Spearman and Democrat Tom Thompson. Spearman defeated fellow Republican Sally Atwater with 57 percent of the total vote. Spearman currently serves as executive director of the South Carolina Association of…

Former candidate Don Jordan endorses Molly Spearman in education superintendent runoff

The Democratic and Republic runoffs for state superintendent of education are coming up Tuesday, and one candidate has received and endorsement from a former opponent. Republican candidate and Saluda County native Molly Spearman recently received support from former Republican candidate Don Jordan. Jordan, a professor at the University of South Carolina, received nearly 6 percent of the vote during primary…

Richland County primary elections avoid major problems

Only 15 percent of Richland County’s registered voters cast a ballot in Tuesday’s primaries, but most who did found no problems at the polls. Samuel Selph, interim director of the Richland County Elections and Voter Registration Office, takes questions from reporters Tuesday. (photo by Allen Wallace) “We had a great day after a rocky start,” said Samuel Selph, interim director of…

Adams re-elected as Richland County treasurer; Douglas, McLeod Spires re-elected to state House of Representatives

Incumbent David Adams won another term as Richland County Treasurer on Tuesday. Adams defeated Joe McEachern II in the Democratic primary, and with no Republican candidate on the November ballot, he automatically takes office again. Incumbent state Rep. MaryGail Douglas will return to the state House of Representatives as the Democratic representative from District 41. Douglas defeated William Budda Killian…

U.S. Reps. Joe Wilson, Jim Clyburn easily win U.S. House nominations

Incumbent U.S. Reps. Joe Wilson and Jim Clyburn easily won their primary races Tuesday. Wilson, seeking a seventh term in Congress, defeated Eddie McCain with 82 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results. Wilson will face Phil Black in November. Black defeated Ed Greenleaf in the Democratic primary. According to unofficial results, Clyburn defeated Karen Smith with 86 percent…

Republicans Tim Scott, Lindsey Graham to face off against Democratic challengers Joyce Dickerson, Brad Hutto for U.S. Senate seats

Incumbent Sen. Lindsey Graham avoided a runoff and won his primary outright Tuesday, while Sen. Tim Scott took an easy win in his as well. The Republican senators will be challenged in November by state Sen. Brad Hutto and Richland County Councilwoman Joyce Dickerson, respectively. Graham overcame six challengers to win a majority of the primary vote. He will face…

Runoffs required to determine final candidates for state superintendent of education

The Republican and Democratic primaries for state superintendent of education unfolded similarly on Tuesday. Both races ended close enough to schedule runoffs. Molly Spearman, executive director of the South Carolina Association of School Administrators, was in a tight race for the GOP nod with long-time educator Sally Atwater throughout election night. Sheri Few, president and CEO of South Carolina Parents…

1 incumbent unseated in Lexington County Council primary

Two Lexington County Council seats were on the Republican primary ballot Tuesday, and one district saw its incumbent defeated. The District 8 race will require a runoff. Unofficial results from the state Elections Commission have Republican challenger Larry Brigham winning District 2 over current Councilman Frank Townsend. The district covers Gilbert, Batesburg-Leesville and Summit. Brigham is a local State Farm…

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, South Carolina GOP leaders tout ‘American dream’ at Republican dinner

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal told South Carolina Republicans on Friday night that the party has an opportunity to turn back the past six years of President Barack Obama’s administration in November. “I think right now the American people are frustrated. They’ve been told year after year the recovery is coming tomorrow, and it hasn’t come yet. College is getting more…

Richland County Council delay budget approval for elections office, voter registration board

Richland County’s elections and voter registration offices must wait to hear from state legislators before the county sets funding levels for next fiscal year. County Council upheld a recommendation from County Administrator Tony McDonald to delay approving more than $1 million for both budgets until state lawmakers finalize legislation that could affect the departments. “The recent court ruling places only…

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott endorses Sheheen for governor, criticizes Haley’s handling of DSS

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott has endorsed Sen. Vincent Sheheen in the race to be South Carolina’s next governor. Sheriff Leon Lott (file photo by Allen Wallace) The Sheheen campaign’s first television ad, now airing all over South Carolina, features Lott as the only speaker. “Children are dying, children Nikki Haley’s administration is supposed to protect,” Lott says while video…

3 more enter Lexington County coroner race

Before filing for the office of Lexington County coroner closed Friday, three more Republicans entered the race. The full list of candidates now includes Margaret Fisher, Jay Phillips and Jason Willoughby. Fisher, a senior deputy with the Richland County Sheriff’s Department, is a longtime resident of Lexington County. She is also a member of the department’s Community Action Team and the Lake…

Columbia investigator announces run for Lexington County coroner

A member of the Columbia Police Department has announced his intention to run for the office of coroner in Lexington County. Gaston resident Andrew “Bear” Richbourg is running for the office following the death of former Coroner Harry Harmon. Richbourg is a criminal investigator in the Violent Crimes Against Persons/Homicide Unit for the Columbia Police Department. “It is through my training,…