Elections

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,…

Richland County Elections commissioners test voting machines in preparation for June primaries

The Richland County Elections Commission office has something to prove June 10 as it enters the upcoming election season with a new elections director and memories of the past two elections still on resident’s minds. A resident tests out the voting machine for the visually impaired. (photo by Kelly Petty) Elections staff held a public testing of voting machines and…

Local students earn multiple accolades at end-of-the-year competitions, events

Students in Chapin Middle School’s Forensics Team picked up eight awards in their first competition. (photo provided) Countless students across the Midlands have been busy representing their schools and districts in recent weeks at state and national competitions. Kids in Lexington One and Lexington-Richland Five school districts added ribbons, scholarships and other honors to their name as the school year…

David Longstreet, primary supporter of Emma’s Law, to run for Lexington Town Council

David Longstreet speaks to Emma’s Law supporters at a State House rally. He is running for Lexington Town Council. (photo by Allen Wallace) Just four days before the Tuesday special election, another Lexington resident announced his candidacy for Town Council. David Longstreet officially began his campaign Friday. He will join eight other write-in candidates who are vying for an open…

Lexington County Republican Party to hold Lexington Town Council candidate forum Thursday

The Town of Lexington’s second special election of the year is fast approaching. To inform all voters about the candidates in the Town Council race, a forum organized by the Lexington County Republican Party is set for Thursday. Eight people have declared their intention to run as write-in candidates. They will be on hand to answer questions and discuss issues…

13 candidates in the race for state education superintendent

The primary ballot for state superintendent of education will be crowded on the Republican and Democratic tickets this June. In total, 13 people — four Democrats, eight Republicans and one member of the American party — filed to fill the shoes of current Superintendent Mick Zais who is not seeking re-election. Of those candidates, multiple have direct ties to the Midlands including…

Columbia attorney Joe McCulloch to challenge state Rep. Kirkman Finlay in S.C. House District 75 race

There will be a rematch this November of one of the closest South Carolina races of 2012. Columbia attorney and University of South Carolina teacher Joe McCulloch filed paperwork Sunday to run as a Democrat against state Rep. Kirkman Finlay (R) for the South Carolina House District 75 seat. Joe McCulloch will run as a Democrat for the South Carolina…

Candidates for state education superintendent speak to teachers in Lexington

Six candidates running for South Carolina superintendent of education spoke to teachers Saturday in Lexington at a forum held in conjunction with the Palmetto State Teachers Association annual convention. Six of the candidates for South Carolina Education Superintendent spoke to teachers in Lexington Saturday. (photo by Allen Wallace) Gary Burgess (R), Amy Cofield (R), Sheila Gallagher (D), Don Jordan (R),…

Republican candidate Tom Ervin files to challenge Haley in gubernatorial primary

Former state Rep. Tom Ervin will run for governor of South Carolina as a Republican this year. Former state Rep. Tom Ervin officially entered the race for South Carolina governor Saturday. (photo provided) Ervin filed the necessary paperwork to enter the race Saturday. He will oppose Gov. Nikki Haley in the Republican primary in June. Ervin served two terms as…

Eddie Baughman elected to Blythewood Town Council during special election

The first vote under a new Richland County Elections and Voter Registration Board director went off without a hitch, according to the interim leader. “It was very smooth. The machines worked, everything worked,” said Interim Elections Director Samuel Selph. Blythewood resident Eddie Baughman was elected to the Town Council with 60 votes Tuesday night after former Councilman Roger Hovis vacated…

8th candidate enters Lexington Town Council race

The April special election for a Lexington Town Council seat has yet another resident who will be a write-in candidate. Councilman Danny Frazier resigned in January, and seven candidates declared their intention to run for his seat. The Lexington County Commission of Registration and Elections confirmed Monday that Ron Williams was the eighth candidate to submit his notice and will run….