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Florence County, City candidates, others running unopposed

April 22, 2018 GMT

FLORENCE, S.C. – The candidates seeking re-election on the Florence County Council and three seats on the Florence City Council do not face any registered opposition in either the June 12 primary election or the Nov. 6 general election.

Florence County is governed by a nine-member county council. Each of those nine members represents a single election district in the county. Council members are paid $18,631, according to County Finance Director Kevin Yokim.

Council members are elected every four years. Districts 1, 3, 6, 7, and 8 were first elected in 1982 and the remaining districts, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 9, were first elected in 1984. Districts 1, 3, 6, 7, and 8 were up for election again in 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, and 2014. Districts 2, 4, 5, and 9 were up for election in 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, and 2016.

Thus, in 2018, Districts 1, 3, 6, 7, and 8 are up for election.

Only the incumbents, Democrat Jason Springs (District 1), Democrat Alphonso “Al” Bradley (District 3), Republican H. Steven DeBerry (District 6), Democrat Rev. Waymon Mumford (District 7), and Republican James Schofield (District 8) have filed to run.

According to the South Carolina Election Commission’s website, none of the candidates faced official opposition in the 2014 general election either. DeBerry, however, defeated Charlie Gregg in the primary election 60.73 percent to 39.27 percent.

The City of Florence is governed by a seven-member city council. Four of the members of council are elected at-large, by voters throughout the city, and three are elected from districts of the city, numbered District 1, 2, and 3. City council members are paid $15,810, according to the code of the city of Florence.

The code of the city provides that the mayor and two at-large seats were elected in 2008 and every four years afterward, meaning elections took place in 2012 and 2016. The code of the city also provides that the members elected from Districts 1, 2, and 3 and the remaining at-large seat were elected in 2010 and 2014.

In City Council District 2, incumbent Pat Gibson-Hye Moore faces another challenge from LaShonda NeSmith-Jackson, who lost to Moore in a 2016 special election. However, Teresa Myers-Ervin (District 1), Frank “Buddy” Brand (District 3), and George Jebaily (at-large) do not face official opposition in either the primary or general election.

Myers-Ervin and Brand did not face opposition in 2014 in either the primary or the general election.

Jebaily defeated Glynn Willis in the 2014 general election, 54.66 percent to 45.32 percent.

Also not facing any opposition in either the primary or general elections are Democratic Rep. Patricia Henegan from South Carolina House of Representatives District 54, Democratic Rep. Lucas Atkinson of South Carolina House of Representatives District 57, Democratic Rep. Terry Alexander from South Carolina House of Representatives District 59, Republican Speaker of the House Jay Lucas of South Carolina House of Representatives District 65, and State Comptroller General Richard Eckstrom.

Republican Hugh Weathers, running for re-election as commissioner of agriculture, faces opposition from David Edmund of the Green Party and Chris Nelums of the United Citizens Party.