In week two of Aiken Standardís Sunday coverage of key offices and races, we highlight those races where S.C. State Senators and S.C. State House seats are being contested, while still identifying those candidates who will run unopposed.

The election season has been fraught with election law legal woes, where ballots are comprised of long-serving incumbents, write-ins and petition candidates where voters who mark a straight party ticket can miss a key race where the write-in and petition candidates are not identified as a Republicans or a Democrats, although he or she may have the partyís endorsement.

Local candidates for the stateís Senate are among the 46 members elected from single-member districts of approximately 87,200 citizens. Senators must be citizens of the United States and of the State of South Carolina, at least 25 years old at the time of the election, and residents of the district in which he or she is elected. Senators serve four-year terms without mandatory term limits.

State House of Representative legislators are among 124 members, currently 76 Republicans and 48 Democrats. House members must be citizens of the United States and of South Carolina and at least 21 years old at the time of the election. House members serve two-year-terms without mandatory term limits.