UNION COUNTY — District 2 Union County Councilman Frank Hart will be Union County’s next supervisor while former Clinton Mayor David Tribble will be the Republican candidate for the SC House District 42 seat in the November general election.
Unofficial results show Hart winning the Democratic nomination for supervisor with 2,133 votes to incumbent Tommy Sinclair’s 1,048 votes. If the results are certified by the Union County Election Commission when it meets Thursday at 10 a.m. Hart will be the county’s next supervisor as no Republican is running for the office.
In the Republican primary, unofficial results show Tribble winning the GOP nomination for the District 42 seat with 881 votes to Buffalo farmer and businessman Mark Cathcart’s 779 votes. District 42 is composed of Union County and part of Laurens County and if the election commissions of those counties certify the results, Tribble will face incumbent Rep. Mike Anthony, a Democrat, in the November general election.
Even though they were held on the same day, the Democratic and Republican primaries were separate and voters who went to the polls Tuesday had to choose which one they wanted to vote in.
In the Democratic primary there was the local race for supervisor and three statewide races with a total of 11 candidates running as well as three advisory questions.
The Republican primary included the local SC House District 42 race and seven statewide races with a total of 29 candidates running as well as two advisory questions.
The Democratic primary included the following statewide races with the following candidates:
• State Superintendent of Education — Montrio M. Belton Sr., Sheila C. Gallagher, Jerry Govan, Tom Thompson
• US Senate — Brad Hutto, Jay Stamper
• US Senate (unexpired term) — Joyce Dickerson, Sidney Moore, Harry Pavilack
The Republican primary included the following statewide races with the following candidates:
• Lieutenant Governor — Mike Campbell, Pat McKinney, Henry McMaster, Ray Moore
• State Treasurer — Brian Adams, Curtis Loftis (incumbent)
• State Superintendent of Education — Sally Atwater, Gary Burgess, Meka Bosket Childs, Amy Cofield, Sheri Few, Don Jordan, Elizabeth Moffly, Molly Mitchell Spearman
• Adjutant General — James Breazeale, Bob Livingston (incumbent)
• Commissioner of Agriculture — Joe Farmer, Hugh E. Weathers (incumbent)
• US Senate — Del Bowers, Lee Bright, Richard Cash, Bill Connor, Benjamin Dunn, Lindsey Graham (incumbent), Nancy Mace
• US Senate (unexpired term) — Tim Scott (incumbent), Randall Young
The Democratic ballot included the following advisory questions:
• Do you believe each state — not Congress — should decide for itself whether to allow online gaming and determine how to regulate online gaming in their state?
• The South Carolina Department of Transportation estimates more than $20 billion is required to fix South Carolina’s crumbling roads and bridges. Should gaming laws be modernized to fund the repairs instead of a tax increase?
• Should medical marijuana be legalized for use in cases of severe, chronic illnesses when documented by a physician?
The Republican ballot included the following advisory questions:
• Should Article 1, Section 3 of the South Carolina Constitution be amended to include the following language?
The privileges and immunities of citizens of South Carolina and the United States shall not be abridged, so that no person shall be deprived of life without due process of law, nor shall any person be denied the equal protection of the laws. These rights shall extend to both born and pre-born persons beginning at conception.
• Should South Carolina law be amended to replace the state income tax imposed on individuals, estates, trusts, and others by reducing the rate of taxation by 1.4 percent each year until the state income tax rate for all brackets is zero percent.
More than 300 Union County residents who could not make it to the polls for Tuesday’s Democratic and Republican primaries nevertheless cast their ballots by voting absentee.
Keith Vanderford, chairman of the Union County Voter Registration and Election Commission, said that as of 4 p.m. Tuesday a total of 327 absentee ballots had been cast. Of those, Vanderford said 293 were cast electronically on the two voting machines at the Union County Voter Registrar’s Office. The remain absentee votes were cast using paper ballots.
For more on Tuesday’s primaries see Thursday’s edition of The Union Daily Times and online at www.uniondailytimes.com