UNION COUNTY — Emphasizing his 12 years of experience including chairmanship of three committees and the issues he hopes to address over the next four years an incumbent county councilman announced this week that he is running for reelection.
In a statement released Friday morning, Randall “Chump” Hanvey announced that he will be seeking the Democratic nomination for a fourth term on county council representing Union County Council District 5. In announcing his reelection bid, Hanvey emphasized his the experience and knowledge of county government he has gained over the past 12 years through not only membership on council but also as chairman of three of its standing committees.
“I have enjoyed representing District 5 the past 12 years and have gained valuable experience along with a good understanding of how county government works,” Hanvey said. “I have served as chairman of the following committees: Planning and Development; Personnel, County Offices and Departments; Public Health and Social Services; a served on a number of subcommittees.”
Hanvey also emphasized the learning process he has underwent during his time on council and how, together with his experience as an educator, he can use it to benefit the county over the next four years.
“I have taken classes on county government and economic development,” Hanvey said. “These qualities, along with my experience as a technology educator, I feel give me a good background for provide for the needs of Union County. If reelected I will use my experience along with the good working relationships I have made with people not only locally, but throughout the state, to help Union move forward into the future.”
To help Union County move into the future, Hanvey said he will work with the other members of council to address a variety of issues over the next four years including industrial and business recruitment, education, quality of life, and tax reduction.
“Some of the major issued that I will be working hard to accomplish, along with other members of council will be recruiting new industry and businesses, providing training for the workplace of today and the future, providing low cost and high quality education through SCC and USCU, improving the quality of life in Union, the lowering of property taxes and removal of fees,” Hanvey said. “If reelected I will continue to represent District 5 as well as all of Union County with integrity, honesty, and dependability. I have lived in Union all of my life and want to see it prosper for the people who call it home. I look forward to the coming weeks when I will be getting out and talking with the people I represent.”
Hanvey is a 1980 graduate of Union High School and holds an Associate Degree in Business/Marketing from Spartanburg Technical College and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education from Limestone College. He is a Certified Instructor in Design and Modeling and Automation and Robotics through the University of South Carolina and PLTW.
Hanvey is employed with the Union County School District as a Design and Modeling/Automation and Robotics Instructor at Sims Middle School.
Hanvey is married and has three children and one grandchild. The Hanveys are members of Unity United Methodist Church where Hanvey serves as a Lay Speaker, Adult Sunday School Teacher, and Chairman of the Trustee and Finance committees.
Also running for the District 5 seat is Democrat Tommie Hill.
With his announcement, Hanvey brings to 12 the number of persons who have formally announced their bids for county or state legislative offices in Union County.
District 3 Union County Councilman Tommy Ford has has announced that he will seek the Democratic nomination for a fourth term on council. He is being challenged for the District 3 seat by Republican David Sinclair.
Jeff Bailey announced earlier this week that he is running as a Republican for Union County Sheriff. While he has not formally declared his candidacy, Union County Sheriff David Taylor, a Democrat, has said that he plans to run for a third term.
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.
Both the Republican and Democratic parties will hold their primaries to nominate candidates 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 Council District 6 — Incumbent is Democrat Kacie Petrie.
Filing for candidates seeking to run in either the Democratic or Republican primaries opens March 16 and closes at noon March 30.
The Democratic and Republican primaries will be held on June 14. Runoffs for any nominations not decided in the primaries will be held June 28.
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.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090 or email@example.com.