UNION COUNTY — An incumbent county councilman says that a new fire substation for a community within his district, the recruitment of new industry and jobs, and helping prepare county residents for those jobs will be his priorities if reelected to Union County Council.
Councilman Ralph Tucker announced this week that he will seek reelection to the Union County Council District 2 seat. Tucker was elected to the District 2 seat in a special election in 2015 to serve out the unexpired term of Councilman Frank Hart who resigned the seat after being elected Union County Supervisor. He is running for a term in his own right and is seeking the Democratic nomination for the District 2 seat.
In announcing his reelection bid, Tucker said he has enjoyed serving with the other members of council and is committed to continuing to work to move the county forward.
“I am committed to seeing the county move in a positive direction,” Tucker said. “I have enjoyed working with the other council members and I have learned a lot about county government doing the training at the South Carolina Association of Counties in Columbia.”
Tucker said that he wants to use the experience and knowledge he has gained since joining council to build on the progress made in meeting the county’s needs to address more of those needs if reelected.
“I have worked hard to get a lot of county roads paved and I will continue to work for the people of Union County,” Tucker said. “I am trying to get a fire substation in the Goldville area that will help with fire protection in the area. I will work to try to get industry and jobs and work with the Workforce Center on trying to get people ready to fill the jobs.”
As a member of council, Tucker represents Union County Council on the Union County Special Needs Board and the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Commission.
Tucker is a retired supervisor with the Carlisle Finishing International Textile Group. He is a member of McBeth Baptist Church where he serves as chairman of the Trustees, assistant treasurer, and as a member of the church finance committee.
Also running for the Democratic nomination for the District 2 seat is James R. Rice.
With their announcements, Tucker and Rice bring to eight the number of persons who have formally announced their bids for county or state legislative offices in County.
Amy Austin and Melanie Lawson have both announced that they are running for Union County Clerk of Court with Austin running as a Republican and Lawson as a Democrat. The Clerk of Court’s Office is currently held by Clerk of Court June Miller, a Democrat, who has said she will not be a candidate for reelection.
Mark Cathcart and Tommy Mann have both announced that they are running for the Republican nomination for the SC House District 42 seat. The District 42 seat is currently held by Rep. Mike Anthony, a Democrat, who has yet to formally announce whether or not he will seek reelection.
Tommy Hill has announced that he is running for the Democratic nomination for the Union County Council District 2 seat. The seat is currently held by Councilman Randall “Chump” Hanvey, a Democrat, who has yet to formally announce whether or not he will seek reelection.
David Sinclair has announced that he is running for the Republican nomination for the Union County Council District 3 seat. The seat is currently held by Councilman Tommy Ford, a Democrat, who has yet to formally announce whether or not he will seek reelection.
Both the Republican and Democratic parties will hold their primaries to nominate candidate for local, state and federal office. The following local, state and federal offices will also be on the ballot in the June primaries and in the November general election:
• US House of Representatives District 5 — Incumbent is Republican Mick Mulvaney.
• SC Senate District 13 — Incumbent is Republican Shane Martin.
• SC Senate District 14 — Incumbent is Republican Harvey Peeler.
• SC Senate District 18 — Incumbent is Republican Ronnie Cromer.
• Sixteenth Circuit Solicitor — Incumbent is Republican Kevin Brackett.
• Union County Sheriff — Incumbent is Democrat David Taylor.
• Union County Council District 6 — Incumbent is Democrat Kacie Petrie.
Voters who want to vote in June cannot vote in both primaries and must choose to vote in either the Democratic primary or the Republican primary.
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