Jerry Balding, a candidate for Greer Commission of Public Works, will host a meet and greet Saturday May 12 from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Clock Restaurant at 603 W. Poinsett Street.
Balding, retired general manager at CPW, is running against incumbent Perry Williams. The municipal election is July 24.
Mayor Rick Danner and incumbent council members Jay Arrowood (District 1) and Wryley Bettis (District 5) will not face opposition in the July 24 municipal elections. Kimberly Bookert (District 3) received a last-minute challenge from Charles Lindsey when he filed this morning. Danner, Arrowood and Bettis will serve another four years.
Incumbent Perry Williams will be challenged by former Greer Commission of Public Works general manager Jerry Balding in the only other municipal race.
Tom Corbin and political novices Wyatt Miler and Amanda Somers will be battling for the Senate District 5 seat that Sen. Phil Shoopman announced he is vacating at the end of his term.
Corbin, a first-term representative from Travelers Rest and, Miler, a businessman from Greer, entered the race this week when the South Carolina Republican Party announced it was re-opening filing for 48 hours. That filing closed today at noon.
The SCGOP Executive Committee held an emergency meeting Tuesday night where it unanimously ratified SCGOP Chairman Chad Connelly's decision to re-opening candidate filing in State Senate District 5.
Sen. Phil Shoopman announced Sunday night he had decided not to seek re-election for District 5. That made Amanda Somers, a first-time candidate, the apparent winner of the primary and, with no democratic opposition in the November election, the winner of the seat.
Tom Corbin has filed to challenge Amanda Somers for Senate District 5 after Sen. Phil Shoopman, from Greer, announced he would not seek re-election. Shoopman’s announcement was made Sunday night and by Monday afternoon Corbin filed.
Corbin said he believes his impact would be better served in the senate. "It's my opinion the Houses passes may good conservative bills and the Senate needs to move on them instead of having them lay around. There are a lot of senate seats up for election and I'm hoping we can get a group in and move forward," Corbin said.
When Phil Shoopman, Senator for District 5, told his 7-year-old daughter he was leaving politics she sealed the deal with one word: “Yea”. The door was shut when she said “Yea”, Shoopman said Monday afternoon. “That tells me a lot when my children say that.”
A day earlier Shoopman notified the South Carolina Republican Party that he was not going to run for another term. The formal announcement, via email to the SCGOP, made Amanda Somers the apparent District 5 winner. But the SCGOP re-opened filing for two days citing a 1976 election law.
The South Carolina Republican Party has reopened filing for the District 5 Senate seat in a whirlwind 12 hours of activity that began with Greer’s Phil Shoopman announcing he would not seek re-election of his seat.
That left Greer’s Amanda Somers as the lone candidate and, until late Sunday night, a shoe-in to win opposed in the June 12 primary. However, the state Republican Party, citing a South Carolina Election Law reopened filing for the seat beginning noon today through noon Wednesday.
Perry Williams formalized his intentions to seek another term as Greer Commission of Public Works commissioner as he filed for re-election this morning at Greer City Hall.
Williams held a press conference in front of City Park’s signature fountains. “I choose this spot because it was where the old Lewis’ Drive-In was,” he reminisced. “I love Greer and I feel a responsibility toward public service.”