UNION COUNTY — Candidates filing to run in the June primaries and residents wanting to register vote can now do so at the Union County Voter Registar’s Office’s new location on the Duncan Bypass.
Registrar Darlene Pettit announced Friday that her office is now located at 1246 S. Duncan Bypass, Suite B, Union, in what used to be the old Chrysler dealership building. Pettit said the new location is larger than the old one on Main Street, making it easier to accommodate the public. She said her office will continue to provide the same services at the new location that it did at the old location.
“We have more space, more parking, easier access and it is handicapped accessible,” Pettit said. “Everything will be here, registration, absentee voting, everything, and votes will be counted here on election night.”
The movement of the registrar’s office to its new location comes just two days before the start of filing for the June 10 Democratic and Republican primaries.
Filing opens at noon Sunday and closes at noon on Sunday, March 30.
Anyone wanting to run one for one of the partisan offices on the primary ballot must bring their statement of intention of candidacy and party pledge form to the Registrar’s Office. The form is available at scvotes.org and at the Registrar’s Office.
In addition to the form, candidates must also bring their filing fee. The fees are also listed on the scvotes.org website.
For more information about filing to run for partisan office in the primaries and general election, contact the Union County Voter Registrar’s Office at 864-429-1616.
The primary ballots in Union County will include a total of 20 county, state, and federal offices.
Seven county offices will be on the June primary ballots. The offices and their incumbents, all of whom are Democrats, include:
• Union County Supervisor — Tommy Sinclair
• Union County Treasurer — Dianne Wilkins
• Union County Auditor — Brad Valentine
• Union County Probate Judge — Donna Cudd
• Union County Coroner — William Holcombe
• Union County Council District 1 — Joan Little
• Union County Council District 4 — Ben Ivey
Valentine and Little have announced they will seek reelection while Cudd has said she will not and instead retire as Probate Judge at the end of this year when her term expires.
The S.C. House District 42 seat, the county’s sole legislative seat in the S.C. General Assembly, will also be on the primary and general election ballots.
Incumbent Mike Anthony is seeking a seventh term. He is currently the only Democrat running for the seat.
Looking to oppose Anthony in the November general election are David Tribble Jr. and Mark Cathcart, both whom are seeking the Republican nomination.
Tribble is the former mayor of Clinton and a former member of the Laurens County Council who also served a single term representing S.C. Hose District 15 before it as redistricted out of the area.
Cathcart is a Union County farmer and employee of Kelly Pest Control who is making his first bid for public office.
District 42 is composed of all of Union County and part of Lauren County.
All nine statewide offices — Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, State Treasurer, Attorney General, Comptroller General, State Superintendent of Education, Adjutant General, and Commissioner of Agriculture — will also be on the June primary ballot.
The Fifth Congressional District seat is currently held Rep. Mick Mulvaney, a Republican, will also be on the ballot as will both of South Carolina’s US Senate seats.