Local candidates may mean higher local voter turnout in SC primary

By: Kristen Cosby
By: Kristen Cosby

The South Carolina primary is less than two weeks away, and several local candidates are in the race. This may bring some extra voters to the polls.

It's just a primary, but candidates are already campaigning with everything they've got...including three names you already know well.

North Augusta's strawberry patch farmer William Bell is just one of the local candidates in South Carolina's primary.

The Republican is running for Commissioner of Agriculture. He's harvesting votes in a unique way.

Tommy Moore has his eye on the state's top elected office...he's looking for your vote for governor.

You also know Aiken senator Greg Ryberg. This time, the Republican is running for state treasurer.

Aiken County's election office is busy getting ready for the June 13 primary. They expect a higher turnout than the usual 15 to 20 percent.

"With the candidates for statewide office living locally, I'm sure a lot of people have personal interaction with them and that certainly would help increase turnout," says elections director Stewart Bedenbough.

While old-fashioned campaign signs and local name recognition help, these candidates realize that getting people to vote still requires hard work.

Besides the local candidates, voters are also expected to turn out for races like Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State and Superintendent of Education.

For some in Aiken County, there are also local primaries--Skipper Perry and Walter Lamb are running for Republican state representative.

And Charles Barton and Joel Randall are Republicans running for County Council District 6.

To look at the sample ballot for where you live in Aiken County, click here.


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