A former sheriff’s bid to regain his old office derailed in May by decision of the State Supreme Court is now back on track after his petition of candidacy was certified by the Union County Voter Registrar.
Voter Registrar Darlene Pettit announced Thursday that William Jolly’s petition of candidacy had been certified and he would be on the ballot in November.
Jolly, who served as Union County Sheriff from 1981-1993, was among 10 candidates in Union County who were removed in May from the June 12 primary and Nov. 6 general election ballots by the Democratic and Republican parties. The 10 were among hundreds of candidates across South Carolina who were removed from the ballot after the State Supreme Court ruled that candidates for public office must provide their parties with a paper copy of their statement of economic interest even if it had been filed electronically.
After being removed from the ballot, Jolly was one of several candidates in Union County who said they would run in November as petition candidates. To run as a petition candidate, a person must collect the signatures of 5 percent of the registered voters in their district. In his bid to return to the ballot, Jolly collected more than 1,100 signatures.
Jolly, who was seeking the Democratic nomination for sheriff when he was removed from the ballot, will face incumbent Sheriff David Taylor, himself a Democrat.
Also seeking to run as a petition candidate for sheriff is Marshall Adams who was running as a Republican when he was removed from the ballot.
Persons wanting to run as a petition candidate must turn in their petition of candidacy to the Union County Voter Registrar’s Office by noon July 16.
Pettit also announced that filing nonpartisan races on the November ballot will open July 25 and end at noon Aug. 15. The nonpartisan races include:
• City of Union Mayor and Union City Council Districts 3, 4, and 6
• Union County Board of School Trustees Districts 1, 2, 6, and 7
• Santuc Fire Board — Three seats to fill.
• Monarch Fire Board — Three seats to fill.
• Jonesville Fire Board — Two seats to fill
Candidates wanting to run for school board or one of the fire boards must file at the Union County Voter Registrar’s Office while those wanting to run for mayor or city council in the city must filed at the City of Union Municipal Building.
For more information about the petition process or filing for the nonpartisan races call the Union County Voter Registrar’s Office at 429-1616.