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UNION COUNTY — Union County Treasurer Dianne Wilkins says she will seek a seventh term.

In a statement released Thursday announcing her intention to seek reelection, Wilkins pointed to her more than 30 years of experience in the treasurer’s office.

“I’ve worked in the treasurer’s office since 1981,” Wilkins said. “I started as a clerk and then, upon the retirement of Cartha Wilburn, was assistant treasurer alongside Mr. James Cheek. I consider myself very fortunate to have worked for such a fine person as Mr. Cheek. He was a great teacher.”

Cheek, who’d served as treasurer since the 1940s, announced in 1990 that he would not seek reelection and later that year Wilkins announced her candidacy for the Democratic nomination for the office. She went on to win the nomination in the June primary and then the office in the November general election.

While her term was not scheduled to begin until January 1991, Wilkins began her tenure as treasurer in July of 1990 when she was appointed to the office by then-Gov. Carroll Campbell, a Republican, to serve out the unexpired term of Cheek who’d died earlier in the year.

In the nearly 24 years since her appointment, Wilkins has constantly worked to improve her knowledge, skills and understanding of her office.

“I am a member of the South Carolina Auditors, Treasurers and Tax Collectors Association having attended continuing education held by the University of South Carolina and the Department of Revenue for the past 23 years,” Wilkins said.

Wilkins said that if reelected she will continue to provide the people of Union County with honest, dedicated service as she has throughout her years in the treasurer’s office.

“It has been an honor and pleasure to serve as treasurer of Union County for 24 years,” Wilkins said. “I would like to express my sincere gratitude and thanks to the fine citizens of Union County for allowing me to serve as your treasurer. It has always been my goal to serve with honesty, dedication and to be a faithful public servant. It has been a great honor to serve as your county treasurer and your continued support will be greatly appreciated.”

A lifelong resident of Union County, Wilkins is a graduate of Union High School. She and her husband, Jimmy, have one son, Edward, and two grandsons, RJ and Alex. Wilkins is a past board member of the United Way and she and her husband are members of Jonesville Baptist Church.

The Democratic and Republican primaries will be held June 10. Filing for the primaries will close at noon on Sunday, March 30.

Anyone wanting to run one for one of the partisan offices on the primary ballot must bring their statement of intention of candidacy and party pledge form to the Registrar’s Office. The form is available at scvotes.org and at the Registrar’s Office.

In addition to the form, candidates must also bring their filing fee. The fees are also listed on the scvotes.org website.

For more information about filing to run for partisan office in the primaries and general election, contact the Union County Voter Registrar’s Office at 864-429-1616.

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