Filing opens for McGill’s empty seat

  • Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Taylor Griffith/South Strand News Rep. Carl Anderson signs his paperwork officially filing for the Senate District 32 seat July 7, while campaigners Sam Marsh and Jerome Johnson, and Georgetown County elections and registration director Donna Mahn watch.

Filing for the vacant South Carolina Senate District 32 seat opened July 4 at noon.

State Rep. Carl Anderson, of Georgetown, filed for the seat the morning of July 7. Cezar McKnight and Rep. Ronnie Sabb, of Williamsburg County, filed July 7 and Samuel Floyd, of Williamsburg County, filed July 8.

As of 11 a.m. July 8, no other candidates have filed.

All four men filed with the Democratic Party.

Anderson said “it’s very important for Georgetown to rally for this seat,” specifically because of his efforts to obtain state and federal money for dredging the county port, which he said will lead to job creation in the county.

“We haven’t had someone from Georgetown County in the Senate since Sen. Smith,” said Anderson supporter Sam Marsh.

“It’s high time somebody from our town, our county represents us.”

Another supporter, Jerome Johnson, said, “This is our only hope for Georgetown.”

The special election was called shortly after former Sen. John Yancey McGill vacated the seat to assume the role of lieutenant governor.

District 32 serves constituencies in Georgetown, Williamsburg, Florence, Berkeley and Horry counties.

The filing period will close July 14 at noon. Voters must be registered to vote in the primary election by Aug. 2.

The primary election, if necessary, will be held Sept. 2 and the primary election runoff, if necessary, is planned for Sept. 16.

Once the primary candidates are selected, the special election will take place with the general election on Nov. 4.

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