GREER POLITICS From April 2012


Balding hosts meet and greet at Clock May 12
APR 20, 2012

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.

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Danner, Arrowood, Bettis are unopposed for municipal elections
APR 20, 2012

Mayor Rick Danner will serve for a fourth term.

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.

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3 file for Senate District 5; Somers challenges process
APR 18, 2012

Wyatt Miler filed to run for the Senate District 5 seat being vacated by Phil Shoopman. Miler's filing makes it a three-person 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.

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SCGOP ratifies opening filing for Senate District 5
APR 18, 2012

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.

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Corbin files to run for vacant Senate District 5 seat
APR 17, 2012

Tom Corbin took advantage of the 48-hour special filing period to put his name on the ballot for the vacant Senate District 5 seat. Phil Shoopman notified the SCGOP  Sunday night he decided against running for re-election, despite filing his intent to do so.

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.

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Shoopman: Balancing family, job and politics took its toll
APR 16, 2012

Phil Shoopman is leaving politics to spend more time with his family and his engineering job.

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.

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Shoopman happy, Somers isn't as SCGOP reopens filing
APR 16, 2012

Phil Shoopman announced Sunday night he will not run for re-election for District 5 Senate seat.

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.

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Williams makes bid for CPW re-election official
APR 3, 2012

Perry Williams announced his re-election bid for Greer CPW commissioner today at a press conference at Greer City Park.

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.”

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