Candidate field continues to grow


A total of 28 have filed to run Nov. 8

By Charles Warner - cwarner@civitasmedia.com



Charles Warner | The Union Times The number of candidates running for the non-partisan offices that will be on the November general election ballot continues to grow as the number of days left to file to run dwindles. As of Tuesday, a total of 28 candidates had filed to run for the seats. The deadline for filing noon Monday.


UNION COUNTY — With closing of filing less than a week away a total of 28 candidates have filed to run for 25 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; for seats on the Union County Board of School Trustees; for one seat on the Union County Soil and Water Commission; and for three seats on the Brown’s Creek Watershed governing board.

Filing for these nonpartisan races will close at noon Monday.

Since filing opened, a total of 28 candidates have filed to run. The candidates who have filed and the offices they are running for include:

Brown’s Creek Watershed

Union County Voter Registrar Darlene Pettit said that as of Tuesday morning the following candidates had filed to run for the three seats on the governing board of Brown’s Creek Watershed on the November ballot:

• Ernest “Twig” Adams (incumbent)

• Charleen Adams

• C.W. Garner (incumbent)

Soil And Water Commission

Pettit said that as of Tuesday incumbent Mike Scales was the only candidate file for the seat on the Soil and Water Commission on the November ballot.

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 nine candidates had filed to run for three of the seats.

Pettit said Tuesday that the following candidates have filed to run for the following seats:

District 1 Trustee Betty Jo McMorris is currently unopposed for reelection.

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 Tuesday.

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

In District 7, Trustee Manning Jeter is also currently unopposed for reelection.

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. Harvey and Vaughan are currently unopposed for reelection.

• Southside Fire District — The two seats on the governing board that are currently held by Mark Smith and Russell Trammell. Smith and Trammell are also currently unopposed 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 The number of candidates running for the non-partisan offices that will be on the November general election ballot continues to grow as the number of days left to file to run dwindles. As of Tuesday, a total of 28 candidates had filed to run for the seats. The deadline for filing noon Monday.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_web1_Voter-Registrar-1-2.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times The number of candidates running for the non-partisan offices that will be on the November general election ballot continues to grow as the number of days left to file to run dwindles. As of Tuesday, a total of 28 candidates had filed to run for the seats. The deadline for filing noon Monday.
A total of 28 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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