SC House District #122- For those of you that voted in the June 14th Democratic Primary for State Representative William K. Bowers, thank you for your vote. Unfortunately the job of re-electing Bill is not complete as he must now face off against Hampton County Council Chairman Shedron Williams. Initially Jasper County resident Curtis Brantley finished 2nd to Bowers last week but has now chosen to not seek seat #122 in the runoff. Brantley has subsequently been replaced by the 3rd place winner last week- Williams. State law allows for a candidate to be replaced in a runoff if one of the top finishers drops out.
Last week only 22% of Hampton County residents showed up at the polls to cast their ballot. This time around that just will not do! It’s time for everyone to get out and vote for a State House veteran that will continue to do an excellent job for the residents of Hampton County. We need to maintain a Hampton County presence in Columbia. Bill Bowers is the only link we have between us and Columbia. Please remember to vote for Bill Bowers on June 28th in the SC House seat #122 runoff. All precincts will be open from 7:00am until 7:00pm.
If you are not going to be out of town or are home bound and would like to vote absentee you may do so by mail by June 24th. To vote absentee in person you may do so at the Board of Elections and Voter Registration Office at the B. T. Deloach Building on Jackson Avenue in Hampton by June 27th.
THE NEWS!A message from State
HAMPTON COUNTY- At last night’s Hampton County Council meeting, council voted 4-1 to pass the 2016-2017 county budget. Council Chairman Shedron Williams cast the only vote in opposition to the spending plan.
By passing this budget the County Council has once again balanced the county budget with no increase in taxes or fees. The budget does include the institution of a “merit based” pay increase that should help with employee retention. The budget also includes an over $1,000,000 appropriation for Capital Equipment Improvements. This item was also passed by Council with a vote of 4-1 with Williams again voting against. “The following sums of money have been appropriated for the purposes herein set forth for Hampton County Government, School District One and School District Two for the period beginning July 1, 2016 and ending June 30, 2017”:
General Fund $14,462,258
Fire District Fund 589,275
Fire Capital Reserve 24,430
Council on Aging 545,088
Clerk of Court Incentive Fund 81,526
CTC Fund 650,000
Sheriff’s Dept. Fund 2,031,831
The Auditor is hereby aurthorized to levy; and the Treasurer is empowered to collect 196.8 mills for the General Fund
There is hereby levied a tax of 17 mills for those areas within the Hampton County Rural Fire Protection District.
There is hereby levied a tax of 1 mill for Fire Capital Reserve.
There is hereby levied a tax of 198 mills for School District One.
There is hereby levied a tax of 299 mills for School District Two.
HAMPTON COUNTY- In Hampton County tonight, there were some new faces voted into office while some longtime office holders said goodbye to their positions.
In the race for Hampton County Council, where two seats were up for grabs, Hampton residents Ronald “Breeze” Winn, along with Zachary Mixon, where vying for the seat that will be vacated by Chris Haulsee at year’s end. Haulsee chose not to run for re-election. The third candidate in the equation, Incumbent Dr. Roy Hollingsworth was also running to retain his seat. After the dust has settled Ronald Winn ended up with Haulsee’s seat with 1016 votes while Mixson last by only 16 votes with a total of 1000. Winn will take his seat on Council at the first County Council meeting of 2017.
In the hotly contested State House seat #122, currently held by Representative Bill Bowers, there were four candidates in the ring. Three candidates are from Hampton County and include Bowers, Hampton County Council Chairman Shedron Williams and John Polk. The fourth candidate is Jasper County resident and former House of Representatives member Curtis Brantley .Unofficially Bill Bowers won both Jasper and Hampton County with a total of 2419 votes or 42.3%. Bowers was followed by Brantley with 1490 votes (26.1%) in both counties while Shedron Williams winded up with 1479 votes (25.9%). John Polk finished third with 329 votes (5.75%). The vote totals between Williams and Brantley were less than a 1% difference which could mean a recount. Regardless of who finishes second (Brantley or Williams) there will be a runoff in two weeks. There are a handful of votes that have yet to be counted that could make a difference in who will face Bowers on June 28th.
The last major election in the county, the Treasurer’s race included longtime county Treasurer Bill Tuten against newcomers Jennifer Ginn Youmans, the current grant writer for Hampton County. Youmans routed Tuten by a vote of 1539 to 1098. Youmans will take office after January 1st.All total are unofficial and will be certified on Thursday at 10:00am.