The winner of the Democratic nomination for the Union County Council District 5 seat gained one vote but nothing else changed when the Union County Election Commission met Thursday to certify the result of Tuesday’s primaries.
Chairman Keith Vanderford said Friday that the commission met at 10 a.m. at the Union County Voter Registrar’s Office to certify the outcome of the primaries as required by law. Vanderford said in reviewing the results of the Democratic primary, the commission determined that the winner, incumbent councilman Randall “Chump” Hanvey, received 145 votes, one more than in the unofficial results announced Tuesday night. He said the total of Hanvey’s opponent, former Union County School Board member John Rampey, remained the same at 124 votes.
Hanvey, who is seeking his third term on council, carried the Ward 2, Ward 4 Box 2, Monarch Box 2, Ward 3 and Excelsior precincts. Rampey carried the Ward 1 Box 1, Monarch Box 1, Ward 4 Box 1, and Ward 1 Box 2 precincts and received a majority of the absentee ballots cast.
No Republican is running in District 5 and so Hanvey is unopposed in the November general election.
The only other race on the ballot in Union County on Tuesday was for the Republican nomination in SC Senate District 18.
Vanderford said Friday there were no changes in the vote totals in the District 18 race.
The certified results show that Buddy Cromer carried the Union County portion of District 18 with 87 votes to 19 for Chip Bohlen and seven each for Alan Hunter and Kara Gormley Meador. Cromer carried the Monarch Box 2, Carlisle, Black Rock, Monarch Box 1, Santuc, and Excelsior precincts and received all the absentee votes cast.
Union County Voter Registrar Darlene Pettit said Friday that districtwide, Cromer received 7,957 votes or 65.75 percent to 1,998 votes or 16.51 percent for Meador, 1,964 votes or 16.23 percent for Bohlen, and 182 votes or 1.5 percent for Hunter.
Pettit said no Democrat is running in District 18 and so Cromer is unopposed in the November general election.
SC Senate District 18 encompasses parts of Lexington, Newberry, Saluda and Union counties.