By RITA ALLISON
Representative District 36
The State House was bustling this past week as a bill to fix our broken roadways and bridges was introduced in the House. I’ve heard from so many of you about the importance of fixing our roads and bridges and the initial step was made in that process this past week.
By RITA ALLISON
Representative District 36
Last week was the first week back in session for the General Assembly. We returned to Columbia with a long list of issues to tackle and a shorter period of time in which to accomplish the work of the people.
U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) was sworn-in to his first full term in the United States Senate this afternoon in a ceremony on the Senator floor.
Scott will roll out his Opportunity Agenda in the coming weeks, introducing legislation to ensure every American family has the opportunity to succeed.
Republican Donald Trump has won election as the 45th president of the United States in a stunning upset. He defeated Democratic nominee, former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
The Associated Press called the race after 2:30 p.m.
Will Lewis edged Sheriff Steve Loftis in a runoff for Greenville County Sheriff.
Lewis, a former sheriff’s deputy won 50.79 percent of the vote to Loftis’ 49.21 percent. The returns are unofficial and the results will be certified Thursday at noon.
Scott Talley won the Republican Primary runoff for Senate District 12 defeating incumbent Lee Bright Tuesday night by 299 votes.
Talley earned 52 percent of the votes (4,861) over Bright with 48 percent of the votes (4,562).
Due to the untimely death of John Jolly, Commissioner on the Wade Hampton Fire and Sewer District, a special election will be conducted to fill the vacancy for the remainder of the term, through December 2019.
The special election is scheduled for Aug. 30. This is a non-partisan election.
Several runoffs are scheduled Tuesday in the Republican primaries in Greenville and Spartanburg counties.
The races for Senate District 12 has incumbent Sen. Lee Bright facing former state Rep. Scott Talley. Bright won 38 percent of the votes and Talley 27 percent in the primary. Since then Gov. Nikki Haley and Greer businessman David McCraw and Duncan Mayor Lisa Scott have endorsed Bright. The district includes Greer, Thornblade, Sugar Creek, Five Forks and part of Spartanburg County.
Scott Talley got the biggest endorsement in the state when Gov. Nikki Haley endorsed the candidate for Senate District 12.
Haley came to Duncan to Talley’s rally at the AFL corporate offices Thursday evening. It was a big boost for Talley as his former opponents Duncan Mayor Lisa C. Scott and Greer businessman David McCraw also endorsed the Spartanburg attorney.
Republican Primary results in greater Greer.
State Senator Tom Corbin of Travelers Rest defeated John B. White of Spartanburg by 321 votes Tuesday in the District 5 race. Corbin will keep his seat for a second term since there is no opposition in the general election.
Corbin received 5,435 votes for 52 percent versus White’s 5,114 votes and 48 percent.
Incumbent Lee Bright and Scott Talley will have a runoff on June 28 for State Senate District 12.
A runoff is held when no candidate earns more than 50 percent of the vote.
Mike Barnes beat incumbent Joe Baldwin in the County Council District 18 race Tuesday night in the Republican primary.
Barnes won with more than twice the number of votes – 2,459-1,139 – than Baldwin. Barnes garnered 68 percent of the vote to 32 percent for Baldwin.
The South Carolina Republican Primary will be held Tuesday with some winners not facing Democratic opposition in November. Other races with three or more candidates face the possibility of a runoff in two weeks.
The winner of the Senate District 5 race between incumbent Tom Corbin and John B. White will not have opposition in the Nov. 8 general election.
The primary election for SC Senate District 5 between the incumbent Tom Corbin and challenger John White is a bit of a puzzle to me.
With Greer being the largest city in the district, there was initially a question in my mind how well a representative from Tigerville would serve the interests of our citizens.
Republican candidates seeking two seats on Greenville County Council and a pair of seats in the state senate participated in a political forum Thursday night at the Cannon Center in Greer.
District 18 Councilman Joseph Baldwin, who represents Greer-Blue Ridge areas, was the only incumbent to attend the event. He is being challenged in the GOP June 14 primary election by Greer resident Mike Barnes, who was not in attendance due to an announced scheduling conflict.
A forum for County Council and legislative candidates in the Greer area will be held Thursday at the Cannon Centre from 7-9 p.m.
Invited to the forum are candidates for state Senate Districts 5 and 12, and County Council Districts 18 and 21. Invitees include Sen. Tom Corbin and John B. White Jr., Sen. Lee Bright and Scott Talley, David McCraw and Lisa Scott, County Councilman Joe Baldwin and Mike Barnes, and County Council candidates Lance Byars, Stacy Kuper and Rick Roberts.
Greenville County Sheriff Steve Loftis announced that he is running for reelection. He is seeking a fourth term in office.
Loftis, accompanied by his wife Cathy, made the announcement at the Poinsett Hotel in Greenville.
Donald Trump won the South Carolina Republican primary Saturday and strengthened his hold on the GOP presidential field as the contest moves first into the South.
The billionaire candidate won 33 percent of the vote, a double-digit lead he held throughout the campaign.
A record turnout is expected Saturday among six candidates in the first-in-the-South GOP presidential primary. The record, 583,000 votes, was set in 2012.
There are almost 3 million registered voters in South Carolina, versus 230,000 in 2012.