Candidates file for local elections

The filing period for several municipal elections opened Thursday, August 24 at noon, and a few candidates have already chosen to throw their hats into the ring.

Three seats on Darlington City Council are up for grabs, including Wards 1, 2, and 3. As of press time, incumbent Mayor Pro Tem Coleman Cannon (Ward #1) and incumbent City Council members Elaine Reed (Ward #2) and John Segars (Ward #3) have all filed for reelection.

So far, Cannon will face opposition for the Ward # 1 seat from challenger Audrey Dubose Gore.

The filing fee for candidates in the Darlington City Council race is $204.

In the Town of Lamar, several incumbents have indicated they will not be filing to run for reelection, including Mayor Randy Reynolds, Mayor Pro Tem Jackie Thomas, and Council member Willie Howell. Council member Mike Lloyd resigned his seat at Lamar’s August 14 meeting, citing personal reasons.

Thus far, only two candidates have filed for Lamar Town Council seats: Tamron McManus and Sherry Besecker.

The filing fee for the Lamar Mayor’s race is $168, filing for the open four-year council terms is $78, and filing for the remaining two years of Lloyd’s term is $39.

In Society Hill, the office of Mayor and two Town Council seats are up for election. As of press time, the Darlington County Office of Elections and Registrations had no information on Society Hill filings.

The filing fee for Society Hill Mayor is $144, and $48 for Town Council seats.

The filing period for all these offices runs from August 24 through September 7 at noon. Election Day is November 7.

For more information, contact the Darlington County Office of Elections and Registrations at 843-398-4900, or stop by their office at 131 Cashua Street in Darlington to file for office.

Author: Duane Childers

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