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Filing for Elective Offices Closes Sunday, Surprise Candidate Files Last Minute

web posted March 31, 2014

EDGEFIELD It is official. The list of candidates for local elective offices closed Sunday at noon with a last minute candidate filing with just over 45 minutes left to file. Local attorney Kevin Beck filed Sunday as a Libertarian candidate for Probate Judge. Four county seats are challenged and five are unchallenged.

Those seeing challengers are Probate Court Judge and County Council District seats 1, 3, and 5. Two of the races will be primary challenges with one likely heading to a run-off.

County Council Dist. 1 will be a Democrat Primary between Dorn, Talbert and Quarles. That race will most likely result in a run-off of the top two vote takers on June 10 resulting in them facing off in the June 24 run-off election. With no Republican on the ballot, the winner of the run-off will take the Dist 1 seat in January.

In the race for Probate Court Judge, 25-year veteran Judge Bobby Peeler will take on former School Board Chair Sallie Cooks in the Democrat primary. Political observers expect this to be a highly competitive race in spite of Judge Peeler's experience and tenure and Cooks' complete lack of Probate law and procedures knowledge.

The winner will face Libertarian Kevin Beck in the November General elections.

The complete list of candidates can be found below.

Notations: (D) Democrat (R) Republican (L) Libertarian
i denotes an incumbent

County Council
Dist. 1
Norman Dorn (D) i
Albert Talbert (D)
Joe W. Quarles (D)

Dist. 2
Rodney Ashcraft (R) i

Dist. 3
Dean Campbell (R) i
Michael Key (D)

Dist. 4
Betty Butler (D)

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

Countywide Offices
Probate Judge
Bobby E. Peeler (D) i
Sallie Cooks (D)
Kevin Beck (L)

W. Thurmond Burnett (D) i

Bill Gilchrist (R) i

Arleen Traxler (R) i

SC House Seats
SC House 82
William "Bill" Clyburn (D) i

SC House 83
Bill Hixon (R) i

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