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Candidate registration closes for non-partisan elections


Incumbents Tammy Stewart and Jan Bridges Simmons filed over the past week to seek re-election to the Laurens County School District 56 Board of Trustees, while another candidate joined the District 55 school board race just before the registration deadline.

The deadline to file with the Laurens County Election Commission for the non-partisan elections for the Laurens County School District 55 and District 56 boards as well as the Laurens Conservation District commissioners was Wednesday at noon.

Voters will go to the polls at the Nov. 6 general election.

Barring last-second registrations, the school board races and Watershed Conversation District involve the following candidates:


District 56

Simmons (Seat 6), Stewart (Seat 5) and Keith Richardson (Seat 7) were unopposed in their bids to remain on the District 56 board as of Tuesday afternoon.

Richardson and Stewart have been on the board since 2014, while Simmons was first elected in 2011.


District 55

Three challengers are seeking Seat 2, which is currently held by Mike Fortune. Fortune is not seeking re-election.

Jim Moore, Cathy Little and Bessie Eaddy Williams will be on the ballot in November for Seat 2. If none of the three candidates garners more than 50 percent of the vote in the general election, a run-off election between the top two vote-getters will be held two weeks later.

District 55 Board Chair Susan Calhoun-Ware is facing a challenge for Seat 6 from David Underwood. Mark Earle is running against Steve Cole for Seat 4, which is currently occupied by Jim Lollis. Lollis said he is not seeking another term on the board. Cole added his name to the ballot just prior to the deadline.


Watershed Conservation District

Six seats on the Laurens County Watershed Conservation board of commissioners are up for election in November.

In the Beaverdam-Warrior Creek District, William Lewis Croxton and Maxcy Hunter Sr. are seeking to fill the two seats.

In the Duncan Creek District, Harold. W. McClintock Jr. and Sam Roper have filed for the two seats.

In the Rabon Creek District, a three-way race among Bill Meder, Casey Robinson and David Tillman will be waged, with the top two vote-getters filling the seats.

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