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Primary Candidates Strangely Quiet
A Column by the Editor
web posted April 30, 2012
COLUMN – Local candidates up for a primary
bid are noticeably quiet leading up to the June Primaries. The two that
stand out are SC State Senator Shane Massey (R-Edgefield) who faces a
June battle with John Pettigrew, also of Edgefield, and County Council
District 4 candidates Betty Butler and Tracey Freeman. 20-year
incumbent Willie Bright has bowed out of the race. Both races could
have a huge impact on local representation and yet there is not a peep
from any of the campaigns as we enter the month of May.
In the major local race for the June primary is the County Council
District 4 seat left open by former Vice-chairman Willie Bright backing
out of the race following a Republican take-over of the County Council
Former County Council Vice-chair Betty Butler (D-Bettis Academy) has
thrown her hat into the ring as has Planning Commission member Tracey
Freeman, also a Democrat. Both will face off in a newly drawn district
that runs just north of Merriwether all the way to downtown Edgefield
and all of Trenton.
However, neither candidate has issued a press release beyond their
initial announcement of seeking office.
Likewise in the SC State Senate race, Sen. Shane Massey and Republican
challenger John Pettigrew Jr. remain devoid of local campaigning.
With just six weeks of campaigning before the June 12 Primaries the
candidates seem to remain out of public view. It is a strange
configuration based on past elections.
It is expected that local races between parties in November will not
kick off until August, along with non-partisan School Board seats that
come open the same month, but for inter-party campaigns to sit on the
sidelines so late in the campaign in strikingly unusual.
Are some candidates over confident or are others not mounting a serious
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