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Published on Thursday, November 1, 2018

Election day is next Tuesday

Marlboro County voters will head to the polls on Nov. 6 to consider several candidates and questions that will appear on the ballot.
Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.  
Three candidates --Robert K. Goff, Larry McNeil, and Michael Toms -- are running for the chairman seat for the Marlboro County Board of Education. 
Incumbents and newcomers are on the ballot for five board of education seats.
District 2 has incumbents Janice Bright and Rev. Artemus Woods Jr., vying for the seat. 
Incumbent Jackie Branch in District 3 will face challengers Yolonda G. DuPree and Scott Thompson. 
Incumbent Barbara Ohanesian in  District 5 has competition from Rev. James E. Smith. 
District 7 incumbent Danny Driggers will face newcomer Deborah Peterkin. 
District 8 has Katherine Manville and write-in candidate Earlean Hall.
Soil and Water District Commission will have voters vote for two people who are Joseph Hunsucker and Beverly O' Neal.
Candidates with no opposition include Marlboro County Probate Judge Mark Heath, Deborah Weldon, county auditor, Jason K. Steen, County Council District 1, Corrie Hicks Plato, District 4; Steve Blackmon, District 7; and Anthony Woods, District 8.

Incumbent State House Representatives Patricia Moore Henegan (District 54) and Jackie E. Hayes (District 55 ) are unopposed.
U.S. House of Representatives member Tom Rice, Republican, in District 7 has opposition from Democrat Robert Williams.
Republican Governor Henry McMaster and Lt. Governor Pamela Evette will face Democrat James Smith and Lt. Governor candidate Mandy Powers Norrell.
Republican Attorney General Alan Wilson is challenged by Democrat Constance Anastopoulo.
Republican Secretary of State Mark Hammond is facing Democrat Melvin T. Whittenburg in November.
Republican Comptroller General Richard Eckstrom is running unopposed.
State Treasurer Curtis Loftis,  Republican, is challenged by Democrat Rosalyn L. Glenn and American Party candidate Sarah Work.
Republican State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman is unopposed.
Republican Agriculture Commissioner Hugh Weathers will face competition from United Citizens party candidate Chris Nelums and Green Party candidate David Edmond.

Ballot questions, amendments
The Marlboro County Board of Education has a question on the ballot for a general obligation bond. The question is "Shall the Board of Education of the School District of Marlboro County, South Carolina (the "School District") be empowered to issue, at one time or from time to time, general obligation bonds of the School District, in a principal amount of not exceeding $10,000,000, the proceeds of which shall be used to finance the costs (including architectural, engineering, legal and related fees) of the following: Renovations and/or construction at Bennettsville Intermediate, school safety, and security improvements at all schools and certain other facilities in the school district, renovations at other schools in the School District?"
Another question on the ballot is for county Sunday alcohol sales.
The question is "Shall the South Carolina Department of Revenue be authorized to issue temporary permits in this county for a period not to exceed twenty-four hours to allow the possession, sale, and consumption of alcoholic liquors by the drink to bona fide nonprofit organizations and business establishments authorized to be licensed for consumption-on-premises sales and to allow the sale of beer and wine at permitted off-premises locations without regard to the days or hours of sales?"
The final question is for people who live in Carters Branch - Muddy Creek Watershed District. "Should the Carters Branch-Muddy Creek Watershed District, having completed its construction and having met all its obligations, be dissolved?
A statewide constitutional amendment is on the ballot for whether the state's superintendent of education is appointed by the governor rather than elected. A "yes" vote is for the appointment, which would start in 2023, while a "no" vote is for the position remaining elected.
Also, for Blenheim residents, the mayor and four town council seats for the town will be on the ballot.  
Mayor Robert L. Brock has filed along with incumbent council members James F. Brock, Toma B. Dees, and John Nolan Sr.
Absentee ballots will be counted at 7 p.m. at the close of the election.
If a runoff is needed, it will be held on Nov. 20.
The Marlboro County Board of Elections and Voter Registration office will be open for Absentee Voting from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3.
For more information, call the office at 843-479-5612. 

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