Filing closes, lots of contested Lexington County races
From coroner and state House seats to Register of Deeds and 11th Circuit Solicitor, there are lots of candidates running in the 2016 election cycle. Sheriff Jay Koon did not get an opponent, but Sen. Katrina Shealy got two challengers. Sen. Nikki Setzler of West Columbia has an opponent and five candidates are running for state House Seat 89. Four Republicans and a Democrat. Coroner Margaret Fisher has two opponents and US Rep. Joe Wilson has two Democrats opposing him, and an American Party Challenger. County Council seats one, three, four, five and six, are up this year, and each incumbent council member has at least one challenger.
The clerk of court and register of deeds incumbents are not running, so those offices drew lots of candidates.
The candidate filing period in Lexington County began March 16, for local and state offices. It closed Wednesday (March 30.) Primaries are scheduled for June 14. If there are runoff elections, those would be held June 28. The General Election is Nov. 8.
Democrat or other party affiliations are denoted. All others are Republican. “I” denotes incumbent.
The list of Lexington County filers:
District 1: Jim Kinard (I) and Scotty Whetstone
District 3: Kent Collins (I), Darrell Hudson, Brad Matthews and Colin Thain
District 4: Debbie Summers (I) and Gene Wilbur
District 5: Brian Duncan and Bobby Keisler (I)
District 6: Erin Long Bergeson, Ronald Derrick, Benjamin Stitely and Dino Teppara
Auditor: Chris Harmon (I)
Clerk of Court: Lisa Comer, Emily Hinson and Mollie Taylor
Coroner: Margaret Fisher (I) and Glenn Ross, Constitution Party Frank Barron
Register of Deeds: Rich Bolen, Mike Green, Dan Gregory, Tina Guerry and Joyce Munsch
Sheriff: Jay Koon (I)
11th Circuit Solicitor: Republicans Rick Hubbard, Candice Lively and Larry Wedekind
Treasurer: Jim Eckstrom (I)
U.S. House of Representatives
Second District: Democrats: Arik Bjorn and Phil Black, American Party Eddie McCain,
Joe Wilson (I).
District 23: Katrina Shealy (I), Michael Sturkie and Patricia Wheat
District 26: Democrat Nikki Setzler (I), Republican Brad Lindsey
S.C. House of Representatives
District 39: Cal Forrest and Ralph Kennedy (I), Democrat Tillman Gives
District 69: Ryan Holt and Rick Quinn (I), Democrat Michael Petrone
District 85: Bryan Clifton and Chip Huggins (I)
District 87: Todd Atwater (I)
District 88: David Busby and Mac Toole (I)
District 89: Bill Banning, Micah Caskey, Tem Miles and Billy Oswald, Democrat Rosemounda “Peggy” Butler, Constitution Party Robert Lampley
District 96: Perry Finch and Kit Spires (I), Democrat Robert Vanlue