Hill seeking District 5 county council seat

By: By Charles Warner - cwarner@civitasmedia.com

UNION COUNTY — A former public safety officer and former city councilman says that he will be “taking actions/getting results” if elected to Union County Council.

In a statement released this week, Tommy L. Hill, Sr. announced that he is running for the Democratic nomination for the District 5 Union County Council seat.

“I am pleased to announce my candidacy for county council representing District Five in the County of Union, South Carolina,” Hill said.

Hill previously served two terms on Union City Council and said that he will bring the knowledge and experience he gained as a city councilman to county council.

“I am a passionate supporter of our current county councilmen and will totally commit myself to working with them and also bring new ideas that will be of great benefit to the people of Union County,” Hill said. “Being a former two-term Union city councilman has allowed me to become knowledgeable and experienced in how the two bodies — city/county —work together for progress. One the greatest assets I can offer is the ability to work as a team member in order for positive changes to take place within our county for its people.”

Hill said that if elected he will be a voice for the people of District 5 as well as other county residents.

“I will be a voice for the people of District 5 in helping to meet their needs,” Hill said. “I will also be a voice for all as I work toward the betterment of Union County. My motto is ‘taking actions/getting results.’”

Prior to his election to city council, Hill was a police officer and firefighter with the Union Public Safety Department for 31 years, retiring as an investigator with the rank of sergeant. Hill, a lifelong Union resident, is a graduate of Sims High School, the SC Police Academy, and the Economic Development School in Charleston. He is a member of McBeth Baptist Church where he is a trustee and sings in the Senior Adult Choir.

Hill is currently employed at the Union County Courthouse as a part-time bailiff with the Union County Clerk of Court’s Office.

Persons wanting to contact Hill about his campaign for the District 5 seat can call 864-427-7611 or 864-441-3054.

The District 5 Union County Council seat is held by Democrat Randall “Chump” Hanvey who has yet to formally announce whether or not he will be seeking reelection.

Hill is the latest candidate in Union County to announce they are running for either the Democratic or Republican nominations for a local, state or federal office.

Tommy Mann and Mark Cathcart have announced that they are seeking the Republican nomination for the SC House of Representatives District 42 seat. Amy Austin has announced that she is seeking the Republican nomination for Union County Clerk of Court while David Sinclair has announced that is seeking the GOP nomination for the District 3 Union County Council seat.

The SC House District 42 seat is held by Democrat Mike Anthony while the District 3 seat is held by Democrat Tommy Ford, neither of whom have formally announced whether they will be seeking reelection. Miller, also a Democrat, has said she will not be seeking reelection.


Both the Republican and Democratic parties will hold their primaries to nominate candidate for local, state and federal office. The following local, state and federal offices will also be on the ballot in the June primaries and in the November general election:

• US House of Representatives District 5 — Incumbent is Republican Mick Mulvaney.

• SC Senate District 13 — Incumbent is Republican Shane Martin.

• SC Senate District 14 — Incumbent is Republican Harvey Peeler.

• SC Senate District 18 — Incumbent is Republican Ronnie Cromer.

• Sixteenth Circuit Solicitor — Incumbent is Republican Kevin Brackett.

• Union County Sheriff — Incumbent is Democrat David Taylor.

• Union County Council District 2 — Incumbent is Democrat Ralph Tucker.

• Union County Council District 6 — Incumbent is Democrat Kacie Petrie.

Voters who want to vote in June cannot vote in both primaries and must choose to vote in either the Democratic primary or the Republican primary.

Running for Democratic nomination

By Charles Warner


Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090 or cwarner@civitasmedia.com.

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090 or cwarner@civitasmedia.com.