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Fewer-known candidates take big offices

Gene Whetsell, winner of the Colleton County Council At-Large Seat (Whetsell took 5,428 votes to challenger Joe Hamilton, who collected 4,840votes);

By now, we all know about the big election winners from the Nov. 4th general election ballot, but what about the county positions that were rarely reported on or that ran without contest? Some of the county’s most important positions have been filled by local residents, some of whom are incumbents and some who are newcomers to the local political scene.

Longtime incumbent and Colleton County Treasurer Becky Hill kept her office, collecting 6,485 total votes, while Walterboro resident Jeff Slocum collected 6,359 votes to become the county’s new Auditor.

Both Hill and Slocum ran unopposed for their desired offices. There were write-in candidates for both offices; however, those write-in candidates only received 41 votes for the treasurer and 47 for the auditor. Incumbent Colleton County Probate Judge Ashley Heaton Amundson also kept her seat, earning a total of 7,608 votes countywide.

S.C. House of Rep. District 116 Incumbent Robert Brown also lost locally to his opponent: Brown took 626 votes in Colleton, while his opponent Carroll O-Neal won with 761 votes.

Sitting S.C. House Rep. for District 97 Patsy Knight won her re-election bid in Colleton County by collecting 261 votes, and U.S. District One House of Rep. Mark Sanford took 370 local votes. The streak of incumbent winners continues, as S.C. District 121 House of Rep. Kenneth Hodges won 2,845 votes in Colleton County.

Acting as a write-in candidate, Colleton County resident Johnny Frank won the county’s Soil and Water District seat. Finally, candidate Wesley Ulmer took the win for the Willow Swamp Watershed. Ulmer took 243 votes against his opponent Mark Williams’ 187 votes.

Statewide, incumbent Commissioner of Agriculture Hugh Weathers won in Colleton County, beating his challengers Emile DeFelice and David Edmond.

In Colleton County, U.S. House of Rep. District 6 incumbent Jim Clyburn barely beat his challenger Anthony Culler, with Clyburn taking 5,064 local votes to Culler’s 4,541.

Voting results on the county’s more highly-publicized winners from the Nov. 4 election were made official by the Colleton County Elections and Voter Registration Office on Friday. These results are:

Gene Whetsell, winner of the Colleton County Council At-Large Seat (Whetsell took 5,428 votes to challenger Joe Hamilton, who collected 4,840 votes); Colleton County Councilmen Steve Murdaugh and Evon Robinson both won in their uncontested seats against write-in candidates; Tim Mabry beat William Smyly for the Colleton County School District 2 seat, with Mabry taking 781 votes to Smyly’s 286 votes; and Harry Jenkins beat 29-year-incumbent Wayne Shider in the Colleton County School District 6, with Jenkins taking 512 votes to Shiders’ 451 votes.

The winner of the Colleton County School District 4 seat is still being sought, as the results are being contested by candidate Cyndi B. Roberts. Roberts lost to fellow candidate Darlene Miller by 50 votes: Roberts took 330 votes, Miller took 385 and Paul Haase, who withdrew his name from the ballot, still received 191 votes. Haase’s name was left on the ballot.

Heather Walters (526 Posts)