Local legislators facing opponents in June primary

By: By Kasie Strickland - kstrickland@championcarolinas.com

PICKENS COUNTY — Several Upstate government officials will face challengers for their seats as the filing period closes for the 2018 November election.

Rep. Jeff Duncan (R) of U.S. House District 3 is facing three opponents: Republican Dave Moore and Democrats Hosea Cleveland and Mary Geren.

Duncan has held the office since he was elected in 2011. In 2016, Duncan defeated Cleveland by landing 72.8 percent of the votes.

More locally speaking, Rep. Gary Clary for State House District 3 is running unopposed but Reps Neal Collins and Davey Hiott are both looking at showdowns for the June primary.

With 14 years under his belt as a State Rep., Hiott in District 4 will face Phillip Healy (R).

In the Easley area, Rep. Neal Collins in District 5 is facing two challengers: Alan Quinn and David Cox. Collins was originally elected in 2014.

Pickens County Council’s last two remnants of the “old council” are both up for re-election this year — and both will face opponents on the ballot.

The District 1 (Clemson) seat currently held by Ensley Feemster is being sought by Margaret J. Thompson. Feemster ran unopposed when he originally took the seat 4-years ago.

Also running against a long-time council member is Robert McKinney from Pickens who is going after Trey Whitehurst’s seat over in District 2.

According to the Pickens County Board of Elections, if you’re not registered to vote yet — there’s still time.

Registration is closed for thirty days prior to any election. Voters who have moved from one county to another must be registered to vote in their new county by the deadline.

Current registered voters who may have moved within Pickens County or changed their name should update their registration information by the deadline.

Individuals who are not yet 18-years-old, but will turn 18 before the next election, and who otherwise qualify to vote, have the right to register to vote. To vote in the election, these citizens must register to vote by the voter registration deadline for the election.

Important Note About Primary Elections: Citizens who will turn 18-years old on or prior to the General Election may vote in all proceeding related primary elections even though they may only be 17-years old at the time as long as they register to vote by the voter registration deadline for the primary elections.

As for college students, you can register to vote where you reside while attending college. Students can use the following documents as proof of residency: A copy of a current, valid photo ID (driver’s license, student ID, DMV-issued ID cards, etc.) A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and address in the county.

Pickens County residents can also register in person at the office of elections at 222 McDaniel Avenue in Pickens or online at www.pickenselections.org.


By Kasie Strickland


Reach Kasie Strickland at 864-855-0355.

Reach Kasie Strickland at 864-855-0355.