From the members of the governing boards of three fire districts to the president of the United States, the 2012 election season will present the voters of Union County with a wide range of municipal, county, state and federal offices to fill and candidates to choose from.
Union County Voter Registrar Darlene Pettit said Tuesday that, counting the presidency, there will be a total of 40 offices on the ballot in Union County this year. Pettit said three of the county’s four incorporated municipalities will be hold elections this year along with three of its 11 fire districts and two other commissions. Also on the ballot will be seats on Union County Council and the Union County Board of School Trustees and two countywide offices. All four seats on the Union County Legislative Delegation will also be on the ballot as will the Fourth Congressional District seat.
Union, Jonesville and Carlisle will each hold elections for mayor and/or council seats. The municipal elections are all nonpartisan.
City Of Union
The City of Union will hold elections for mayor and the District 3, 4, and 6 seats on Union City Council. The office of mayor is currently held by Harold Thompson while the District 3, 4, and 6 council seats are held by Keith Henderson, Ricky Harris, and Andy Bailey, respectively. Candidates for city council run in their respective districts while the mayor runs at-large.
Town Of Jonesville
The Town of Jonesville will hold elections for all four seats on the Jonesville Town Council. The seats are currently held by John Ray Fowler, Danny Gregory, Donna Simmons, and Ann Queen. In Jonesville, candidates for town council run at-large rather than by district.
Unlike the rest of the races, the election in Jonesville will be held April 10 rather than Nov. 6.
Town Of Carlisle
The Town of Carlisle will hold elections for mayor and two seats on the Carlisle Town Council. The mayor’s office is currently held by Mary Ferguson Glenn while the council seats on the ballot are held by Ronnie Lyles and Maxine Spencer. Candidates for mayor and council in Carlisle also run at-large.
The Santuc, Monarch and Jonesville fire districts will hold elections for seats on their governing boards. These races are also non-partisan.
Santuc Fire District
Three seats on the Santuc Fire District’s governing board will be on the ballot. The seats are currently held by Albert “Smitty” Gregory, Stephen Koskela, Ricky Smith.
Monarch Fire District
Three seats on the Monarch Fire District’s governing board are also on the ballot. The seats are currently held by Lee Littlejohn, Donald “Snake” Robinson, and Larry Robinson.
Jonesville Fire District
Two seats on the Jonesville Fire District’s governing board are on the ballot. The seats are currently held by James Harvey Jr. and John Vaughan.
The Soil and Water Commission and Brown’s Creek Watershed will also hold elections for their governing bodies in November.
Soil And Water Commission
One seat on the Soil and Water Commission will be on the ballot. The seat is currently occupied by Henry Sprouse.
Union County Board of School Trustees
Four seats on the Union County Board of School Trusees will also be on the November ballot. The seats are in District 1, 2, 6 and 7 are held, respectively, by B.J. McMorris, Jantzen Childers, Kakie White, and Manning Jeter.
Brown’s Creek Watershed
Three seats on the governing board of the Brown’s Creek Watershed are up for election this year. The seats are currently occupied by James Wallace Harris, William Prince Sr., and William Prince Jr.
The remaining races on the November ballot are all partisan with candidates running as Democrats or Republicans or members of other parties.
Union County Legislative Delegation
The Union County Legislative Delegation is composed of the SC House District 42 seat and the SC Senate district 14, 17 and 13 seats. All four districts encompass more than one county and, in the case of the three Senate seats, split a number of Union County precincts.
SC House District 42
The SC House District 42 seat is currently held by Democrat Mike Anthony. Anthony, who announced in January that he would seek his sixth term in the House, is the only Union County resident serving on the delegation and in the SC General Assembly. He serves as chairman of the county’s legislative delegation. His district encompasses all of Union County and part of Laurens County.
SC Senate District 14
The SC Senate District 14 seat is currently held by Republican Harvey Peeler. The district is composed of all of Cherokee County and parts of Spartanburg, York and Union counties. In Union County, the district includes all or part of the Adamsburg, Bonham, Kelton, Lockhart, Monarch Box 1, Monarch Box 2, Ward 1 Box 1, and Ward 1 Box 2 precincts.
SC Senate District 17
The SC Senate District 17 seat is currently held by Democrat Creighton B. Coleman. The district is composed of Chester and Fairfield counties and parts of York and Union counties. In Union County, the district includes all or part of the Adamsburg, Black Rock, Carlisle, East Buffalo, Excelsior, Monarch Box 1, Monarch Box 2, Santuc, Ward 2, Ward 3, Ward 4 Box 1, and Ward 4 Box 2 precincts.
SC Senate District 13
The SC Senate District 13 seat is currently held by Republican Shane Martin. The district is composed of parts of Greenville, Spartanburg and Union counties. In Union County, the district includes all or part of the Bonham, Buffalo Box 1, Cross Keys, Jonesville Box 1, Jonesville Box 2, Kelton, Putnam, and West Springs precincts.
Other Multi-County Races
Two other multi-county races are also on the November ballot.
Sixteenth Circuit Solicitor
Also on the ballot is the office of Sixteenth Circuit Solicitor which is currently held by Republican Kevin Brackett. The district encompasses Union and York counties.
Fourth Congressional District
Except for president, the only federal office on the November ballot is the Fourth Congressional District seat currently held by Republican Trey Gowdy. The district is composed of Greenville, Spartanburg, and Union counties and part of Laurens County.
In Union County, the partisan races include sheriff, clerk of court, and four seats on Union County Council.
On Tuesday, Union County Sheriff David Taylor became the second officeholder — after Anthony — to announce for reelection. Taylor, a Democrat, is seeking his second term as sheriff.
Clerk Of Court
Union County Clerk of Court Freddie Gault is the only Republican holding elective office in Union County. Appointed to the position in Oct. 2009, Gault has not announced whether or not he will see a term in his own right.
The four Union County Council seats on the November are in Districts 2, 3, 5, and 6. They are held, respectively, by Democrats Dora Martin, Tommy Ford, Chump Hanvey and Kacie Petrie.
Voters will also go to the polls in November to select the country’s next president. Incumbent Barack Obama is expected to be nominated for a second term by the Democratic Party. Union County Democrats endorsed Obama’s renomination Saturday during their presidential primary/precinct reorganization meetings.
If nominated for a second term, Obama will face the nominee of the Republican party which is still conducting primaries and caucuses to choose a candiate. Currently seeking the GOP nomination is former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, former US House of Representatives speaker Newt Gingrich, former Pennsvylvania senator Rick Santorum, and Texas Congressman Ron Paul.
The Democratic and Republican primaries for local, state and congressional offices will be held June 12 with a runoff held June 26 if needed. Filing for the primaries will be open from March 16-30.
For more information about the 2012 election season contact the Union County Voter Registrar’s Office at 429-1616.