UNION COUNTY — All but three of the 20 county, state, and federal offices on the ballot in Union County will be contested in the June Democratic or Republican primaries and/or the November general election.
The first part of the 2014 election season came to an end Sunday with the close of filing for the June 10 Democratic and Republican primaries.
Since the filing period came to an end on a Sunday, the Union County Voter Registrar’s Office was open Saturday and Sunday mornings until noon to allow those who had not done so to file to run in one of the primaries.
The primary and general election ballots in Union County will include a total of 20 county, state, and federal offices, all but three of which will be contested in either one of the primaries and/or in the November general election.
Four of the seven county offices on the ballot are contested. Those who have filed, the party nominations and the offices they are seeking include:
• Union County Supervisor — Incumbent Supervisor Tommy Sinclair and District 2 Union County Councilman Frank Hart are seeking the Democratic nomination. There are no Republicans running for the office.
• Union County Probate Judge — Jonesville Municipal Judge Calvin Payton is running as a Democrat while William D. All III, a student at the University of South Carolina, School of Law, is running as a Republican.
• Union County Coroner — Incumbent Coroner William E. Holcombe is seeking re-election as a Democrat while Lewis Funeral Home owner and operator Scott Lewis is running as a Republican.
• Union County Council District 1 — Incumbent Council Member Joan Little is running as a Democrat while Randall English is running as a Republican.
The uncontested races are for Union County Treasurer, Union County Auditor, and Union County Council District 4 where the respective incumbents — Dianne Wilkins, Brad Valentine, and Ben Ivey — are running as Democrats without opposition in both the primary and the general election.
The S.C. House District 42 seat, the county’s sole legislative seat in the S.C. General Assembly, is also contested with two Republicans and one Democrat running.
Incumbent Rep. Mike Anthony is running as a Democrat while Buffalo farmer Mark Cathcart and and former Clinton mayor David Tribble Jr. are seeking the Republican nomination.
District 42 is composed of all of Union County and part of Laurens County.
All nine statewide offices will also be on the ballot in June and November including:
• Governor — Five candidates representing four parties are running for governor including: Incumbent Gov. Nikki R. Haley who is being challenged for the Republican nomination by Tom J. Ervin; Democrat Vincent Sheheen; Libertarian Steve French; and Morgan Bruce Reeves of the United Citizens Party.
• Lt. Governor — Bakari Sellers is the sole Democrat running for lieutenant governor while Mike Campbell, Pat McKinney, Henry McMaster, and Ray Moore are seeking the Republican nomination for the office.
• Secretary of State — Incumbent Mark Hammond is running as a Republican while challenger Ginny Deerin is running as a Democrat.
• State Treasurer — Incumbent Curtis Loftis is being challenged for the Republican nomination by Brian Adams. There are no Democrats running.
• Attorney General — Incumbent Alan Wilson is running as a Republican while challenger Parnell Diggs is running as a Democrat.
• Comptroller General — Incumbent Richard Eckstrom is being challenged for the Republican nomination by Robert D. Shelley and the winner of that contest will face Democrat Kyle Herbert.
• State Superintendent of Education — This is an especially crowded raced with four candidates — Montrio M. Belton Sr., Sheila C. Gallagher, Jerry Govan, and Tom Thompson — seeking the Democratic nomination and nine candidates — Sally Atwater, Gary Burgess, Meka Bosket Childs, Amy Cofield, Sheri Few, Don Jordan, Elizabeth Moffly, Molly Mitchell Spearman, and Ed Murray — seeking the Republican nomination.
• Adjutant General — Incumbent Bob Livingston and challenger James Breazeale are both seeking the Republican nomination.
• Commissioner of Agriculture — Incumbent Hugh E. Weathers is being challenged for the Republican nomination by Joe Farmer and the winner of the contest will face David Edmond of the United Citizens Party and Emily DeFelice of the American Party.
One seat in the U.S. House of Representatives and both of South Carolina’s U.S. Senate seats will also be on the primary and general election ballots.
U.S. House District 5 — Incumbent Mick Mulvaney, a Republican, is being challenged by Tom Adams, a Democrat.
This election year is an unusual one in that both of the states seats in the U.S. Senate on the ballot. The seat currently held by Sen. Lindsey Graham is on the ballot because the current six-year term expires this year.
The race is also a crowded one with a total of seven Republicans — Graham, Det Bowers, Lee Bright, Richard Cash, Bill Connor, Benjamin Dunn, and Nancy Mace — and two Democrats — Brad Hutto and Jay Stamper — and one Libertarian — Victor Kocher — running for the seat.
The state’s other U.S. Senate seat is in order to determine who will serve the remaining two years of the current term. The seat is currently held by Sen. Tim Scott who was appointed by Gov. Haley following the resignation of Jim DeMint.
Scott is being challenged for the Republican nomination by Randall Young while Democrats Joyce Dickerson, Sidney Moore, and Harry Pavilack are running for the Democratic nomination. Also running for the seat is Jill Bossi of the American Party.