Number of candidates grows


A total of 23 of have filed to run Nov. 8

By Charles Warner - cwarner@civitasmedia.com



Charles Warner | The Union Times Filing continues for the non-partisan races that will be on the November ballot in Union County. As of Tuesday, a total of 23 candidates have filed to run for offices in the City of Union and the Town of Carlisle and for seats on the Union County Board of School Trustees and the governing boards of the Jonesville, Southside, Monarch, and Santuc fire districts.


UNION COUNTY — With less than two weeks to go before the close of filing a total of 23 candidates have filed to run for the non-partisan offices that will be on the ballot in Union County in the November general election.

The Nov. 8 general election ballot in Union County will include nonpartisan races for a mayor and council in both the City of Union and the Town of Carlisle; for seats on the governing boards of the Santuc, Monarch, Jonesville, and Southside fire districts; and for seats on the Union County Board of School Trustees.

Filing for these nonpartisan races opened at noon on Friday, July 15 and will close at noon on Monday, Aug. 15.

Since filing opened, a total of 23 candidates have filed to run. The candidates who have filed and the offices they are running for include:

City of Union

In the City of Union, the Office of Mayor and the Districts 3, 4, and 6 seats on Union City Council will be on the ballot.

Mayor Harold Thompson has filed to run for another term as mayor and is being challenged in his reelection bid by District 1 Councilman Tommy Anthony.

In District 3, Councilman N. Yates Giles’ bid for reelection is being challenged by Jack Kelly III and Vicki C. Morgan.

District 4 Councilman Ricky Todd Harris is currently the only candidate to have filed to run for the seat in November.

Incumbent District 6 Councilman Jim Wilson has filed to run for reelection and is being challenged by Sonja J. Craig and Kristina H. Sommer.

Persons wanting to run for mayor must file to do so at the Municipal Clerk’s Office in the City of Union Municipal Building and pay a $600 filing fee. Those wanting to run for a seat on City Council must also file at the Municipal Clerk’s Office and pay a $100 filing fee.

School Board

Four seats on the Union County Board of School Trustees are also on the Nov. 8 ballot and as of Tuesday a total of eight candidates had filed to run for three of the seats.

Union County Voter Registrar Darlene Pettit said Tuesday that the following candidates have filed to run for the following seats:

District 1 Trustee Betty Jo McMorris has filed to run for reelection and is currently the only candidate running for the seat.

The race for the District 2 seat has attracted three candidates including Charles Lott Sr., Mark Ivey, and Greg Addison. Incumbent Trustee Jantzen Childers had not filed to run for reelection as of Monday.

District 6 has also attracted three candidates including incumbent Trustee Kakie White and challengers Frank M. Hart and, most recently, Tammie Farr.

In District 7, Trustee Manning Jeter field to run for reelection Tuesday morning. He is the only candidate currently running for the District 7 seat.

Persons who want to run for School Board must file to do at the Union County Voter Registrar’s Office. No filing fee is required to run for School Board.

Fire Districts

A total of 10 seats in four fire districts will also be on the November ballot.

• Santuc Fire District — The three seats on the governing board that are currently held by Albert Gregory, Eddie Hines, and Nancy Richardson.

• Monarch Fire District — The three seats on the governing board that are currently held by Brad Jolly, Donald “Snake” Robinson, and Larry Robinson.

• Jonesville Fire District — The two seats on the governing board that are currently held by James Harvey Jr. and John Vaughan. Pettit said Monday that both Harvey and Vaughan have filed to run for reelection.

• Southside Fire District — The two seats on the governing board that are currently held by Mark Smith and Russell Trammell. Pettit said Monday that both Smith and Trammell had filed to run for reelection.

Persons wanting to run for these seats must file to do at the Union County Voter Registrar’s Office. No filing fee is required to run for seats on the governing boards of these fire districts.

Town of Carlisle

In the Town of Carlisle, the office of Mayor and two seats on the Carlisle Town Council will be on the November ballot.

The Office of Mayor is currently held by Mary Ferguson-Stevens while the two seats on Town Council are currently held by Councilman Ronnie Lyles and Councilwoman Maxine Spencer.

Municipal Clerk Shannon McBride said Monday that as of that afternoon Ann Stevens had filed to run for mayor while Lyles had filed to run for reelection to council.

Persons wanting to run for Mayor of the Town of Carlisle must file to do so at the Municipal Clerk’s Office at the Carlisle Town Hall and pay a $125 filing fee. Those wanting to run for a seat on Town Council must also file at the Municipal Clerk’s Office and pay a $75 filing fee.

District Lines

Persons interested in running for School Board should first check with the Union County Voter Registrar’s Office to see if they are in the district they are planning to run in. This is because district lines have changed since the last election and some area may no longer be in the district they were in previously.

For more information about the changes in district lines and/or about filing to run in the November general election call the Union County Voter Registrar’s Office at 864-426-1616.

In the City of Union, persons wanting more information about running for city office in the November general election should call the Municipal Clerk’s Office at 864-426-1701.

In the Town of Carlisle, persons wanting more information about running for town office in the November general election should call the Municipal Clerk’s Office at 864-427-1505.

Charles Warner | The Union Times Filing continues for the non-partisan races that will be on the November ballot in Union County. As of Tuesday, a total of 23 candidates have filed to run for offices in the City of Union and the Town of Carlisle and for seats on the Union County Board of School Trustees and the governing boards of the Jonesville, Southside, Monarch, and Santuc fire districts.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_web1_Voter-Registrar-1.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times Filing continues for the non-partisan races that will be on the November ballot in Union County. As of Tuesday, a total of 23 candidates have filed to run for offices in the City of Union and the Town of Carlisle and for seats on the Union County Board of School Trustees and the governing boards of the Jonesville, Southside, Monarch, and Santuc fire districts.
A total of 23 of have filed to run Nov. 8

By Charles Warner

cwarner@civitasmedia.com

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.

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