FLORENCESC – The filing for four Florence City Council seats, five Florence County Council seats and two statewide offices opens Wednesday noon.
The seats representing districts 1 (parts of west, north-west and north Florence), 2 (parts of north and east Florence) and 3 (south and west Florence) are up for election in the City Council of Florence, as well as an overall seat.
The District 1 seat is held by Republican William Schofield. Schofield has announced a candidacy for County Council District 8. Democrats James “Big Man” Kennedy and Isaac Wilson have announced campaigns for the Democratic nomination.
The District 2 seat is held by Democrat Pat Gibson-Hye Moore.
Republican Bryan Braddock holds the seat in District 3. Braddock has announced plans for re-election.
Democrat George Jebaily holds the seat at large.
The application fee is $633. Filing must be made to the Florence County Election Office at 219 Third Loop Road.
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Seats are elected in Florence County Council representing Districts 1 (Lake City, Olanta, Scranton), 3 (portions of North, Northwest and West Florence), 6 (Mars Bluff, eastern Florence County), 7 (portions of North and East Florence and North Florence County) and 8 (parts of South and West Florence).
District 1 is represented by Democrat Jason Springs. Springs announced its re-election bid on Saturday.
District 3 is represented by Democrat Al Bradley.
District 6 is represented by Republican Toney Moore.
District 7 is represented by Democrat Waymon Mumford.
District 8 is represented by Republican Buddy Brand. Brand and Schofield have indicated campaigns for the Republican nomination.
The application fee is $670.84. Filing must be made to the Florence County Election Office at 219 Third Loop Road.
Also open for submission are the positions of district auditor and probate judge.
Republican Debra Dennis is the District Examiner.
The application fee is $3,426.28. Filing must be made to the Florence County Election Office at 219 Third Loop Road.
Republican Jesse Cartrette Jr. is the probate judge. He has indicated that he will seek re-election.
The application fee is $4,125.80. Filing must be made to the Florence County Election Office at 219 Third Loop Road.
Filing for several other seats will also open on Wednesday.
In the United States Senate race, incumbent Tim Scott and Walterboro’s Tim Swain have both indicated runs for the Republican nomination.
Scott was joined by former President Donald Trump, former South Carolina Governor and United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley, South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, all six Republicans representing South Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives, and Republican Party leader of South Carolina, Drew McKissick, supported.
State Rep. Krystle Matthews, Spartanburg Democratic Party Chairwoman Angela Geter and Columbia activist Catherine Fleming Bruce have announced campaigns for the Democratic nomination.
The seat is considered secure Republican.
Scott raised over $37.9 million as of December 31, 2021. Matthews raised the second highest amount of money at $65,966.13.
The Senate filing fee is $10,440.
Filing must be made at the South Carolina Election Commission office at 1122 Lady Street, Suite 500, Columbia.
The Pee Dee remains divided between the sixth and seventh congressional districts. Most of Florence County and all of Darlington, Marion, Marlboro, Dillon, Chesterfield, Georgetown and Horry Counties are in the Seventh. The rest of Florence County and all of Williamsburg are in the Sixth, which also includes other areas of the state.
The seventh district seat is held by Republican Tom Rice. He faces over 10 announced opponents to win the nomination, including State Assemblyman Russell Fry, Horry County School Board Chairman Ken Richardson, Dr. Garrett Barton and Barbara Arthur of Hartsville.
Fry was backed by Trump and South Carolina House Speaker Jay Lucas.
Democrat Ryan Norris has submitted papers to run for that party’s nomination.
The seat is considered secure Republican.
Rice has raised the most money ($1.3 million as of December 31, 2021), followed by Fry ($351,278).
The Sixth Circuit seat is held by House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn.
Clyburn faces two announced challengers, Gregg Dixon and Dr. Michael Addison, who was running for the South Carolina State Senate in 2018, for the Democratic nomination.
Duke Buckner, who ran against Graham in 2020, and John Chapman have announced campaigns for the Republican nomination.
The seat is certainly considered democratic.
Clyburn has raised the most money in the seat (nearly $1.76 million as of December 31, 2021), and none of his opponents have raised $20,000.
The filing fee for a house seat is $3,480.
Filing must be made at the South Carolina Election Commission office at 1122 Lady St., Suite 500, Columbia.
Federally Elected Officials
The following statewide seats are on the ballot: governor, attorney general, secretary of state, treasurer, director of education, commissioner of agriculture, and auditor general.
Governor Henry McMaster has announced his re-election campaign. Mindy Steele has also filed financial documents pointing to a Republican nomination.
Former Congressman Joe Cunningham, state Senator Mia McLeod and activist Gary Votour have announced campaigns for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination.
The governor filing fee is $4,243.12.
Education Inspector Molly Spearman announced last year that she would not run for re-election. Five people have announced campaigns, including four Republicans, Cindy Coats, Kizzi Gibson, Kathy Maness and Ellen Weaver, and one Democrat, Florence Four spokesman Gary Burgess.
The filing fee for the superintendent and all other state elected officials is $3,680.28.
Republican incumbents Alan Wilson (Attorney General), Mark Hammond (Secretary of State), Curtis Loftis (Treasurer), and Richard Eckstrom (Company Auditor) are the only people who filed financial records.
All nationally elected seats would certainly be considered Republican.
Filing for all of these offices must be made at the South Carolina Election Commission office at 1122 Lady St., Suite 500, Columbia.
South Carolina house
All 124 seats in the South Carolina House of Representatives are also up for election.
No Pee Dee incumbent has indicated that he will not run for re-election. However, State Assemblyman Roger Kirby currently holds the District 61 seat, but that seat will be moved to Horry County. He has announced a campaign for District 101, where he is likely to face incumbent Cezar McKnight in the Republican primary.
Applications for State House seats may be made at the South Carolina Election Commission office at 1122 Lady St., Suite 500, Columbia, or at the district elections office belonging to the district for which the individual is running.
The application for these places ends on March 30 at 12 noon.
All required primaries will be held on June 14th. All required runoff elections will take place on June 28th.
Filing for non-partisan offices, such as school boards and soil and water commissions, will take place in late summer.
The general election is scheduled for November 8th.