UNION COUNTY — Three Democrats and seven Republicans are asking the people of Union County to help them win the nominations of their respective parties for the US House of Representatives Fifth District Seat.
The Fifth District is composed of all or parts of 11 counties including Union County. From Jan. 3, 2011 until his Feb. 16, 2017 confirmation as Director of the Office of Management and Budget, the district was represented by Republican Mick Mulvaney. Since Mulvaney’s confirmation as OMB Director, the seat has been vacant and a special election to fill it is scheduled for June 20.
The race to fill the Fifth District Seat and serve out Mulvaney’s unexpired term has drawn three Democrats, seven Republicans, a candidate of the American Party, a candidate of the Green Party, and a Libertarian. Those candidates are:
• Alexis Frank
• Les Murphy
• Archie Parnell
• Chad Connelly
• Ray Craig
• Sheri Few
• Tom Mullikin
• Ralph Norman
• Tommy Pope
• Kris Wampler
• Josh Thornton
• David Kulma
• Victor Kocher
All of the Democrats and Republicans running for the Fifth District Seat will be on the ballots of their respective parties during the Democratic Party and Republican Party primaries which will be held Tuesday, May 2.
Polls will be open from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. and voters must choose to vote in either the Democratic Primary or the Republican Primary.
If no candidate gets a majority of the vote in the primaries a run-off will be held Tuesday, May 16. If you voted in either the Democratic primary or the Republican primary you must vote the same party in the run-off. If, however, you did not vote in the primary, you may choose either party for the run-off.
All precincts in Union County will be open for the primaries at their usual locations, but at the precincts located at three schools, voters will be casting their ballots in mobile classrooms instead of in the schools themselves.
Union County Voter Registrar Darlene Pettit said that student testing will be under way at Foster Park Elementary School, Buffalo Elementary School, and Monarch Elementary School during the primaries on May 2. To prevent any disruptions, Pettit said her office has worked with the schools and the Union County School District to still have the primaries at the schools, but instead of in the schools themselves voters will cost their ballots in mobile classrooms at the schools.
Foster Park Elementary School is the location for voting for Ward 1 Box 1; Buffalo Elementary School for East Buffalo; and Monarch Elementary School for Monarch Box 1.
Union County residents who will not be able to vote on Tuesday may still vote absentee at the Voter Registrar’s Office until 5 p.m. Monday.
To vote absentee, a voter must bring with them one of the following items of photographic identification:
• South Carolina Driver’s License
• South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles issued identification
• Military identification
• South Carolina Voter Registration Card with photograph
Voters who will be voting on May 2 must also bring one of those types of photographic identification with them.
For more information about Tuesday’s primaries and related matters contact the Union County Voter Registrar’s Office at 864-429-1616.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.