UNION COUNTY — Residents of Union County who want to cast ballots in the November general election have until Saturday to register to vote.
In order to vote in a general election a person must be registered to do so at least 30 days in advance of that election. This year’s general election falls on Nov. 8 so Union County residents who want to vote on that date must register by this Saturday. A person who wants to register to vote Nov. 8 has the following options to do so:
• Register online at scvotes.org.
Union County Voter Registrar Darlene Pettit said this option will be available until midnight Saturday.
• Go online at scvotes.org and print off a registration form, fill it out and mail it to her office.
Pettit said that while these should be mailed into and received by her office before the end of the week, mailed registration forms that are postmarked Saturday will be accepted.
• Come to the Voter Registrar’s Office and fill out the form in person.
Pettit said that persons who opt to register to vote in person at her office must do so before 5 p.m. Friday as her office will not be open Saturday.
For more information about registering to vote call the Union County Voter Registrar’s Office at 864-429-1616.
The November ballot in Union County features a number partisan races for local, state, federal, and national offices. The following partisan races will be on the general election ballot:
The office of the President of the United States of America is on this year’s ballot and voters in Union County will have the following candidates to choose from:
• Donald Trump — Republican Party
• Hillary Clinton — Democratic Party
• Gary Johnson — Libertarian Party
• Jill Stein — Green Party
• Darrell Castle — Constitution Party
• Evan McMullin — Independence Party
• Peter Skewes — American Party
One of South Carolina’s two US Senate seats is one of two races for federal office on the ballot in Union County.
In the US Senate race, incumbent Tim Scott, a Republican, is opposed for reelection by Thomas Dixon, candidate for the Democratic, Work Families, and Green parties; Bill Bledsoe, candidate of the Libertarian and Constitution parties; and American Party candidate Rebel Michael Scarborough.
The other race for federal office on the ballot in Union County is for the US House of Representatives Fifth District seat currently held by Rep. Mick Mulvaney.
Mulvaney, a Republican, is being challenged for reelection by Democrat Fran Person and American Party candidate Rudy Barnes Jr.
District 5 is composed of all or parts of Cherokee, Chester, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lancaster, Lee, Newberry, Spartanburg, Sumter, Union, and York counties.
Union County is part of three SC Senate Districts and all of the incumbents in those districts are unopposed for reelection.
SC Senate District 13 Sen. Shane Martin, SC Senate District 14 Sen. Harvey Peeler, and SC Senate District 18 Sen. Ronnie Cromer, all Republicans, are seeking reelection. No Democrats or candidates of any other parties are running for those seats.
District 13 is composed of parts of Greenville, Spartanburg, and Union counties while District 14 is composed of Cherokee County and parts of Spartanburg, Union, and York counties and District 18 is composed of Newberry County and parts of Lexington and Union counties.
In SC House of Representatives District 42 incumbent Mike Antony, a Democrat, is opposed by Republican Tommy Mann.
District 42 is composed of Union County and part of Laurens County. Anthony and Mann are both residents of Union County.
Sixteenth Circuit Solicitor Kevin Brackett, a Republican, is unopposed reelection.
The Sixteenth Circuit is composed of Union and York counties.
There are two countywide races on the ballot, the first being for Sheriff of Union County with incumbent David Taylor, a Democrat, being challenged by Republican Jeff Bailey.
Clerk Of Court
The other countywide race on the ballot is for Union County Clerk of Court and it pits Democrat Melanie Lawson against Republican Amy Austin.
Four Union County Council seats are also on the ballot this year, but only one of them is contested.
In District 2, incumbent Ralph Tucker, a Democrat, is unopposed for reelection.
District 3 is the only contested county council seat on the ballot, with incumbent Tommy Ford, a Democrat, opposed for reelection by Republican David Sinclair.
In District 5, Democrat Tommie Hill is unopposed.
Also running unopposed is District 6 incumbent Kacie Petrie.
The November ballot will also feature a number nonpartisan races. The following races will be on the ballot in the following jurisdictions:
Brown’s Creek Watershed
Three seats on the governing board of Brown’s Creek Watershed are on the November ballot. The following persons had have filed to run for the seats:
• Ernest “Twig” Adams (incumbent)
• Charleen Alman
• C.W. Garner (incumbent)
Soil And Water Commission
One seat on the Soil and Water Commission is on the ballot and the only for the seat is Mike Scales.
City Of Union
In the City of Union the Office of Mayor and the Districts 3, 4, and 6 seats on Union City Council will be on the November ballot.
All but one of those races will be contested and in each of the three contested races there are three candidates running.
Mayor Harold E. Thompson’s bid for reelection is being challenged by District 1 City Councilman Tommy Lee Anthony and businessman Robert Fred Small.
In District 3, Councilman N. Yates Giles’ bid for reelection is being challenged by Jack Kelly III and Vicki Morgan.
District 6 Councilman James G. Wilson is facing challengers Sonja S. Craig and Kristina H. Sommer.
The only uncontested race is in District 4 where Councilman Ricky Todd Harris is unopposed for reelection.
Town Of Carlisle
In the Town of Carlisle the Office of Mayor and two seats on the Carlisle Town Council are on the ballot but only the race for mayor is contested.
Mayor Mary Ferguson-Glenn is seeking reelection and is opposed by Carlisle Town Council Woman Ann Stevens.
Incumbent Council Woman Maxine Spencer and incumbent Councilman Ronnie Lyles are unopposed for reelection to their seats on the town council.
The Districts 1, 2, 6, and 7 seats on the Union County Board of School Trustees are on the November ballot but only two seats are contested.
In District 2, there are three candidates running including Charles Lott Sr., Mark Ivey, and Greg Addision. Incumbent Trustee Jantzen Childers did not file to run for reelection.
The race for the District 6 seat has drawn four candidates including incumbent Trustee Kakie White and challengers Frank M. Hart, Tammie Farr, and Rodney Johnson.
In District 1, incumbent Trustee Betty Jo McMorris is unopposed for reelection while in District 7 incumbent Trustee Manning Jeter is also unopposed for reelection.
A total of 10 seats in four fire districts are also on the November ballot and the following candidates have filed to run for the seats in the following districts:
• Santuc Fire District — The three seats on the governing board are currently held by Albert Gregory, Eddie Hines, and Nancy Richardson, all of whom are unopposed for reelection.
• Monarch Fire District — Three seats on the governing board are on the ballot and incumbents Brad Jolly and Larry Robinson have filed to run along with challengers Tiffany Burnett and Thomas Littlejohn.
• Jonesville Fire District — The two seats on the governing board are currently held by James Harvey Jr. and John Vaughan, both of whom have filed to run for reelection. They are unopposed for reelection.
• Southside Fire District — The two seats on the governing board are currently held by Mark Smith and Russell Trammell, both of whom have filed to run for reelection. They are unopposed for reelection.
Also on the ballot will be a referendum on the Local Option Sales Tax which poses the following question to voters:
Must a one percent (1%) sales and use tax be levied in Union County for the purpose of allowing a credit against a taxpayer’s county and municipal ad valorem tax liability and for the purpose of funding county and municipal operations in the Union County area?
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.