Most of the people who turned in petitions to run for office as a petition candidate in Georgetown County have been declared eligible to run.
Since July 16, Georgetown County elections director Donna Mahn and her staff have been checking the more than 20,000 signatures turned in by the eight potential candidates to make sure enough of the people who signed are registered voters and live in the district.
As of Aug. 3, five candidates will be on the November ballot. They are:
n Tammie Avant, running for clerk of court.
n Tom Winslow, running for S.C. House Seat 103.
n Ben Dunn and Bubba Grimes, running for Georgetown County Council District 5.
n Mark Johnson, running for the Soil and Water Conservation District.
Candidates whose petitions still need to be verified are Rod Stalvey and Kathy Harrrelson, both running for county auditor; Mike Andrews, running for county treasurer; and Darryel Carr, running for sheriff.
Mahn expects at least 600 hours will be put into the verification by her staff — which includes seven temporary workers she had to hire — by the time it is complete.
The candidates were forced to run as petition candidates after the State Supreme Court ruled they had not properly filed statements of economic interest.
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