Hixon, Massey face off in SC Senate Republican runoff

By: Gene Petriello Email
By: Gene Petriello Email

News 12 at 6 o'clock, Oct. 1, 2007

SC SENATE DISTRICT 25---The polls will be open on Tuesday in South Carolina's Senate District 25. That's where a runoff election will be held to see who will have the Republican spot on November's ballot.

The District covers areas of Aiken, Edgefield, Saluda and McCormick Counties. It's down to Shane Massey and Bill Hixon for a Special Republican Primary Runoff Election. That's for Senate District 25. Shane's been making calls all Monday Morning long to remind people to get out and vote.

Carolyn Shiver is one of Shane Massey's supporters and thinks some say youth isn't good for political office.

"But I think you learn some of the dirty tricks when you get that old. I want someone who wants to change the face of government. We need changes," Shiver says.

Massey wants to look at the economy and recruiting jobs. He says the area has been hurt by job losses. Now, Massey wants to change that.

"We need to make sure the people of Columbia don't forget about us," Massey says.

Meanwhile, Bill Hixon has been busy knocking on doors and going to restaurants in Saluda County on Monday. Now, he's back in his office, making phone calls to all his supporters.

For Hixon, it's about the taxpayers keeping their money. He wants to see "the folks that earn this hard money need to be able to keep it in their pocket and not pay it in taxes. Keep the money at home."

One woman -- who didn't want to go on camera -- sees eye to eye with Hixon on education. That's why she's supporting him. She met Hixon and after chatting with him, came to find out he was a good person. And now, Hixon will have her vote.

So, what would be your big message to everyone no matter who you support? "Get out and vote! Please, vote! That's your right!" says Shiver.

Polling place will be open from 7am-7pm on Tuesday. And we'll have full results of the election on News 12.

As for that Clean Campaign pledge Shane Massey sent to Bill Hixon: The past couple of days have been anything but. Massey says anonymous websites have personally attacked him and his wife. But Hixon says he's been a target from the websites, too. He adds, he's run a clean campaign from the beginning.

Hixon did not sign the pledge.

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