Unopposed candidates safely sail into seats

  • Posted: Wednesday, November 7, 2012 12:47 a.m.
    UPDATED: Wednesday, November 7, 2012 9:54 a.m.

Despite several state and countywide races that came down to the wire, a number of candidates ran unopposed and sailed into their seats with relative ease.

The anticipated winners are U.S. House Second District incumbent Joe Wilson (R) who, having served for 11 years, said he is grateful for the opportunity to return to his seat in Washington.

Wilson, due to redistricting, will represent all of Aiken County.

In addition to Aiken County, he will represent parts of Orangeburg, Barnwell, Lexington and Richland counties. Wilson won 97 percent of the votes with a total of 65,511, without any Lexington County numbers. Results were incomplete.

“Although I will miss serving constituents in the Lowcountry, I look forward to representing Aiken County in its entirety to the best of my ability. My wife Roxanne and I would like to congratulate Tim Scott, Jeff Duncan, Trey Gowdy, Mick Mulvaney, and Congressman-elect Tom Rice on their successful campaigns,” he stated following the announcement. “South Carolina is very fortunate to now have six strong conservatives who will strive to promote our American values. I look forward to returning to Washington and fight for the issues that will put our nation back on the path to prosperity by lowering taxes and encouraging private sector job growth with a strong national defense.”

S.C. Senate District 24 Tom Young (R) (P) ran both as a member of the GOP and a petition candidate after hundreds of candidates were kicked off the ballot when failing to properly file a Statement of Economic Interest. Young won 99 percent of the vote.

S.C. Senate District 25 Shane Massey (R) also ran without any opposition, serving Aiken, Edgefield McCormick and Saluda counties. Without any reports from Lexington County, he won 99 percent of the total, with 12,514 votes cast in his favor.

S.C. House District 82 William Clyburn (D) serves constituents in Aiken, Edgefield and Saluda counties.

He won 99 percent of the vote with 10,643 votes cast in his favor.

S.C. House District 83 Bill Hixon (R), who represents Edgefield and Aiken counties, won 99 percent of the votes with 12,912 votes reported.

S.C. House District 84 Roland Smith (R) won 37,413 votes. Results were incomplete.

County Council Chair Ronnie Young (R), won 99 percent of the votes with 37,413 ballots reportedly cast for the long-serving incumbent.

“It has been an honor to serve the citizens of Aiken County,” said County Council Chairman Ronnie Young. “I thank the people for their support.”

County Council District 3 LaWana McKenzie (D) won 97 percent of votes cast with an estimated 3,742 votes filed in her favor.

County Council District 4 Chuck Smith (R) won an estimated 99 percent of the votes cast, winning a total of 5,934 votes.

County Council District 7 Andrew Siders (P) won 99 percent of the vote with an estimated total of 4,689 votes.

County Council District 8 Willar Hightower Jr. (D) won 99 percent of the votes with an estimated 3,670 votes cast for the longtime incumbent.

Solicitor J. Strom Thurmond Jr. (R) won 99 percent of the votes cast with an estimated 38,387 votes cast for the sitting solicitor.

Clerk of Court Liz Godard (D) won 99 percent of the votes at 36,228 cast for the incumbent.

Coroner Tim Carlton (R), won 99 percent of the votes cast. An estimated 38,748 votes were cast for Carlton.

“ ... My door is always open to serve you ... day or night. I do not take your trust and faith in me lightly. Thank you once again for allowing us to serve you,” he said.

Registrar Mesne Conveyance Judith Warner (R) won 99 percent of the vote with an estimated total of 37,133 cast for Warner.

School Board District 1 Ronald West won 99 percent of the votes cast with 2,169.

School Board District 4 Keith Liner won 99 percent of the votes cast at 3,499.

School Board District 9 Richard Hazen won 97 percent of the votes cast at 4,203.

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