Friday, March 28, 2014
The candidate filing period for the upcoming primary and general election will close Sunday, March 30 at noon.
Several seats within the General Assembly and in county government will be up for reelection this year.
Relevant to Dorchester County, seven state House of Representatives seats and four County Council seats will be elected this year. As of Wednesday, 11 candidates have filed for the seats.
In the House of Representatives, incumbent Jenny Horne, Evan Guthrie and Franklin Smith have filed for District 94; incumbent Patsy G. Knight has filed for District 97; incumbent Chris Murphy and Larry Hargett have filed for District 98; and John Mondo has filed for District 102.
In Dorchester County Council, incumbent Willie R. Davis has filed for District 1; incumbent David Chinnis has filed for Distict 2; incumbent George Bailey has filed for District 3; and Lester Dempsey has filed for District 7.
All of the candidates, except Rep. Knight and Councilman Davis, are registered with the Republican Party.
Representatives serve two-year terms with no term limits. They must be a legal resident of the district they file to represent and must be at least 21 years old. Councilmembers serve four-year terms with no term limits. They must be a legal resident of the county and the district at the time of the election and must be at least 18 years old.
To file, candidates must sign a Statement of Intention of Candidacy/Party Pledge and pay the $208 filing fee at the county Election Commission office at 201 Johnston Street in St. George. The office will be open Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
The primary elections will be 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. on June 10. If a primary runoff is required, it will be held June 24.
Citizens must register to vote in the primary election by May 10. The deadline to register to vote in the general election is Oct. 4 for the Nov. 4 Election Day.