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More Challengers Emerge on Monday for Elections

web posted March 25, 2014

COUNTY Two more challengers have emerged on Monday seeking to unseat incumbents in the local 2014 election cycle. So far, as of the end of filing on Monday, the total of challenged races has grown to three with six days left for others to throw their hats in the ring for election.

Albert Talbert filed first thing Monday morning to try to unseat Dist. 1 county councilman Norman Dorn in the June 10 Democrat primary. This is Talbert's third attempt, and he has gained ground each election. In 2008 Talbert came up just 58 votes short of his goal. In 2010 Talbert came well within striking distance, losing by only 18 votes. The district was redrawn drastically after 2010 as required by law. It is unknown if the new district could favor Talbert in the election to tilt the odds in his favor.

A political newcomer filed Monday afternoon to challenge County Council Vice-chair Genia Blackwell in the November General Election for the Dist. 5 seat. Mack A. Thomas, of Currytown Station, filed later in the day as a Democrat. An email requesting information from Mr. Thomas was not responded to by press time.

Blackwell, a Republican, has served three terms and is the first council member from Merriwether to ever hold a ranking position on the county council, Vice-chair, a position she has held for four of her six years in office. Blackwell will be filing her paperwork on Friday to make her re-election bid official.

As we reported earlier, former School Board Chair Sallie Cooks has already filed to try to unseat 25-year incumbent Probate Judge Bobby Peeler in the June 10 Democrat Primary. Peeler, who has been challenged in the past, has won each election by a landslide.

As of close of business Monday, below are all of the local candidates that have filed or announced their intentions of filing this week:

SC House 83
Bill Hixon (R)

Countywide Offices
Probate Judge
Bobby E. Peeler (D)
Sallie Cooks (D)

W. Thurmond Burnett (D)

Bill Gilchrist (R)

Arleen Traxler (R)

County Council
Dist. 1
Norman Dorn (D)
Albert Talbert (D)

Dist. 2
Rodney Ashcraft (R) announced

Dist. 3
Dean Campbell (R)

Dist. 4
Betty Butler (D)

Dist. 5
Genia Blackwell (R) announced
Mack A. Thomas (D)

Edgefield Daily will have updates if, or when, other candidate join the races. A final listing will be placed on Monday, March 31, with all of the official candidates and their respective offices sought.

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