PICKENS COUNTY — Months of campaigning came to a close as voters across the county turned out in droves June 14 to decide who would be in the GOP spot for the general election this November.
With the only races not looking at a run-off, Sheriff Rick Clark and Rep. Neal Collins were the big winners of the night.
“There’s a difference between being elected and being re-elected, especially by a wide margin,” said Collins. “It’s confirmation that our district wants a hard working, transparent leader that will tackle tough issues without pandering on non-issues to move our city, county and state forward. My pledge is to continue to do so.”
Collins defeated challenger Rick Tate by 877 votes, according to the unofficial results.
Clark defeated Tim Morgan by 1,360 votes, securing his place as the county’s top lawman for another four years.
According to Rodney Allen, executive director of the Pickens County Board of Voter Registration and Elections, the runoff will be held June 28 with the following offices still to be decided: S.C. Senate District 2, County Council District 3, County Council District 4, and County Council District 5.
“For the runoff we will use the same voter registration lists used during the primary and these voters had to be registered before May 14, 2016, 30 days prior to an election,” Allen said. “The runoff is a continuation of the election or primary and even if someone didn’t vote in the primary they are eligible to vote in the runoff, assuming they registered by the deadline.”
According to Allen, the two candidates with the highest vote tallies in each of the primary races will be in the run offs:
Larry Martin and Rex Rice will face off for S.C. Senate District 2 while the County Council District 3 ballot (Pickens) will consist of Wes Hendricks and Alex Saitta. County Council District 4 (Liberty) will have Roy Costner and G. Neil Smith and finally, Chris Bowers and Robert H. Sams will square off for County Council District 5 (Easley.)
“I just want to thank everyone who came out to vote on Tuesday and hope they all come back out in two weeks,” said Saitta. “Jimmy Davis and Randy Crenshaw ran a great race and I think they both have a place in local government. Unfortunately though, you’ll have to deal with my signs for another two weeks.”
“It was a good night, a good election,” said Allen at the end of night June 14. “Thank you to everyone for all of your hard work.”
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