Who is running this election?

By Andrew Wigger - awigger@civitasmedia.com

NEWBERRY COUNTY — This year there will be 13 different ballots for Newberry County. The following races will be on all 13 ballots: President/Vice President, U.S. Senate, State House of Representatives District 40, Solicitor Circuit 8, Sheriff, Clerk of Court, Coroner, Auditor, County Treasurer and Soil and Water Commission.

Presidential candidates include Hillary Rodham Clinton and Timothy Michael Kaine (Democrat); Darrell Castle and Scott Bradley (Constitution); Evan McMullin and Nathan Johnson (Independent); Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka (Green); Donald J. Trump and Michael R. Pence (Republican); Peter Skewes and Michael Lacy (American); and Gary Johnson and Bill Weld (Libertarian).

Those running in the U.S. Senate race include Thomas Dixon (Democrat, Working Families, Green), Bill Bledsoe (Constitution, Libertarian), Republican Tim Scott (incumbent) and Rebel Michael Scarborough (American).

The State House of Representatives District 40 race has Democrat Carlton Kinard and Republican Rick Martin vying for that seat.

Republican David Stumbo is running unopposed in the Solicitor race.

Incumbent Democrat Lee Foster is running against Republican David Beddingfield for Newberry County Sheriff and while in the Clerk of Court race, Democrat Elizabeth Folk is running against Republican Rick Lail.

Democrat Lewis Lee is running against Republican Laura Kneece in the Coroner race while Democrat Donna Lominack is running unopposed in the auditor race. Democrat Karen Lindler Smith is also running unopposed in the treasurer race while Douglas Heydt is running unopposed in the nonpartisan Soil and Water District Commission race.

Those voting in U.S. House of Representatives District 3 race will choose between Democrat Hosea Cleveland and Republican Jeff Duncan, the incumbent. Those voting in the U.S. House of Representatives District 5 race will be choosing between Democrat Fran Person, Republican Mick Mulvaney, the incumbent, and American Party candidate Rudy Barnes Jr.

Those voting in the State Senate District 18 race will have incumbent Republican Ronnie Cromer on their ballot. He is running unopposed.

Newberry County Council Districts 1, 2, 4 and 5 are all on the ballot. Republicans Scott Cain (District 1), Steve Stockman (District 2) and Kirksey Koon (District 4) are unopposed. Democrat Harriett L Rucker is running against Les Hipp, the Republican incumbent for the District 5 seat.

School Board seats in Districts 1, 3, 4 and 6 are up for re-election. Ike Bledsoe (District 1), Jody Hamm (District 4) and Jessie Reeder (District 6) are unopposed. District 3 has Leila Caldwell running against incumbent Lucy Ann Meetze.

Visit www.newberrycounty.net/departments/voter-registration to find out what district you live in.

The Capital Project Sales Tax will also be on all 13 ballots. A “yes” vote is for the referendum, and a vote “no” is against it.


By Andrew Wigger


Reach Andrew Wigger at 803-276-0625 ext. 1867 or on Twitter @TheNBOnews.

Reach Andrew Wigger at 803-276-0625 ext. 1867 or on Twitter @TheNBOnews.