UNION COUNTY — The people of Union County chose a Republican for president and Democrats for local and state offices in Tuesday’s general election.
Unofficial result show Republican Donald Trump easily carrying the county with 7,058 votes to 4,727 cast for Democrat Hillary Clinton.
Union County also voted to send Republican US Sen. Tim Scott back to the US Senate. Scott received 6,750 votes while Thomas Dixon, candidate of the Democratic, Working Families, and Green parties received 4,511 votes. Bill Bledsoe, candidate of the Libertarian and Constitution parties, received 215 votes and American Party candidate Rebel Michael Scarborough received 134 votes.
Union County also voted to sent Republican US Rep. Mick Mulvaney back to the US House of Representatives. Mulvaney received 6,833 votes while Democrat Fran Person received 4,386 and American Party candidate Rudy Barnes Jr. 282.
Voters in Union County voted to return Democrat SC House District 42 Rep. Mike Anthony to the SC House of Representatives. Anthony received 6,925 votes to Republican challenger Tommy Mann’s 4,889.
District 42 also includes part of Laurens County and Mann prevailed there, receiving 1,853 votes to 1,169 for Anthony.
Even with the boost he received from Laurens County, Mann was unable to overcome the lead Anthony had built up in Union County for a final tally of 8,116 for Anthony and 6,742 for Mann.
Union County Sheriff David Taylor, a Democrat, was also returned to office by the voters of Union County, receiving 7,666 votes to Republican challenger Jeff Bailey’s 4,323.
Clerk of Court
In the race for Union County Clerk of Court Democrat Melanie Lawson was the victor with 7,090 votes to Republican Amy Austin’s 4,839.
The race for Union County Council District 3 ended with Republican challenger David Sinclair defeating incumbent Democrat Tommy Ford 1,151 to 966.
In the City of Union, Mayor Harold Thompson was reelected with 1,528 votes to Union City Councilman Tommy Anthony’s 1,192 and businessman Robert Small’s 412.
Vicki Morgan was elected in Union City Council District 3 with 254 votes to Jack Kelly III’s 152 and incumbent Yates Giles’ 123.
Sonja Craig was elected in Union City Council District 6 with 196 votes to incumbent Jim Wilson’s 158 and fellow challenger Kristi Sommer’s 126.
In the Town of Carlisle, Mayor Mary Ferguson-Glenn was reelected with 110 votes to Carlisle Town Council Member Ann Stevens’ 92.
In School Board District 2, Mark Ivey was elected with 658 votes to 259 for Charles Lott Sr., and 223 for Greg Addison.
In School Board District 6, Frank M. Hart was elected with 464 votes to 293 for incumbent Kakie White, 265 for Rodney Johnson, and 111 for Tammie Farr.
Union County voters also approved a refrendum authorizing a local option sale tax with 5,897 votes in favor and 5,188 opposed.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.