EdgefieldDaily.com               "Edgefield County as it Happens"

Featured Sections
Headlines
Opinion

Obituaries
Sports
Crime Blotter
Happenings
Country Cooking
Wandering Minds
Classifieds
Birthdays 
Off The Wall
On The Record
Church Listings
Archives

Featured Columns
Pastor Howle
Wise Tech Tips

Editor's Column
Carl Langley
Dr. Skip Myers
Registered Sex Offenders for Edgefield County

Contact us
Contact Info
or
E-mail the Editor
Phone:
803-634-0964 day
803-279-5041 eve
803-279-8943 fax

Mail to
EdgefieldDaily.com
PO Box 972
Edgefield SC
29824


Video & Audio Updates
Audio Archive
Video Archive


School System
EC District Office
School Board
Strom Thurmond

Charter Schools
Fox Creek

Private Schools

Wardlaw Academy

Public Offices
Edgefield County
Edgefield
Johnston
Trenton

Political
State and Federal Legislative Contacts

Local Political Parties
Republican Party
Democrat Party

Chamber of Commerce
Edgefield County Chamber

Historical

Edgefield Genealogical
Society



News links    
The Citizen News
Aiken Standard
North Augusta Star
The State
Augusta Chronicle
Atlanta  Journal
United Press
Associated Press
FOX News
Reuters
CNS News
WorldNet Daily
Newsmax
Drudge Report
GoogleNews
Yahoo!News
New York Times
New York Post
Los Angeles Times
Washington Times
Washington Post




Opinion

Local Elections Become Volatile


A column by the Editor
web posted October 25, 2010

COLUMN – The most anticipated election in recent memory is just one week away and voter anger is at an all-time high with Democrats and Republicans facing the brunt of grassroots efforts to oust long-time incumbents from the local, state, and national ranks. Edgefield County is no different with the announcement of a write-in candidate for County Council and a School Board candidate arrested and ruled not to be a voter in the county.

In a surprise move supporters of Byron Robinson, who was defeated in the Democrat primary in June, formed a committee to launch a write-in effort to oust long-time County Councilman Willie Bright. Is it too little too late? Supporters are counting on Democrats and Republicans joining together to send new blood and ideas to the county council.

Byron Robinson has stated he is not connected to the effort but will serve if elected.

The race for School Board District 1 became interesting when the Edgefield County Election Commission voted last week 7-0 to rule that candidate Nathaniel Jackson was not eligible to be a resident and candidate in the election after a challenge by Edgefield voter Charles Kemp. 

He will remain on the ballot until the appeals process has been completed.

Jackson, who was found guilty for his part of a cocaine trafficking investigation and was sentenced to eight years in federal prison, was arrested by Edgefield Police on Friday for a driving under suspension third offense. That charge carries a mandatory jail sentence of between six months and three years if convicted.

It will be interesting to see if voters in School Board District 1 want to elect a candidate that may be ejected from office, or at best, will have to serve at least three months in jail (if convicted) before ever casting a vote.

More telling is that current District 1 School Board member Mary Alice Jackson (who dropped out of the race) endorsed Nathaniel Jackson at a community meeting orchestrated by Edgefield County Councilmen Norman Dorn and Willie Bright in Bettis Academy that was also attended by School Board members Sallie Cooks, James Bibbs, and Superintendent Mary Rice-Crenshaw.

I am glad the school board elections are non-partisan.

After all, we would not want partisan politics to eek into school board races.





For all past articles please visit our Archives

 © Copyright 2010 EdgefieldDaily.com  All original material is property of EdgefieldDaily.com and cannot be reproduced, rewritten or redistributed without the expressed written permission of Edgefield Daily.com

NOTICE:
We still need recipes for Cooking Section

WEBNEWS –  Send in your favorite or favorites. There is no limit to the number of recipes you can send in. Help create an exchange of local favorites, home cooking, grilling, sauces, and deserts!  Send in your submissions here.