Candidates have until March 30 to file for June partisan primary

achristnovich@islandpacket.comMarch 16, 2012 

  • As of 9 p.m. Friday, the State Elections Commission reported five candidates had filed for the primary. They are:

    State Senate
    Sen. Tom Davis, R-Beaufort, 46th District
    Sen. George "Chip" Campsen, R-Charleston, 43rd District.

    State House of Representatives:
    Republican Beaufort County Council members Weston Newton and Jerry Stewart, 120th district

    County Clerk
    Republican incumbent county clerk Jerri Anne Roseneau.

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Republican state Sen. Tom Davis of Beaufort was among the first state office holders to file Fridayfor his party's June 12 primary.

He filed at the GOP's Bluffton location, just after the filing period opened at noon.

Davis, who represents the 46th District, is seeking his second term and said in a news release his focus will remain on addressing state-funding issues.

"Beaufort County taxpayers send a tremendous amount of money to Columbia, and my goals are to first, reduce the amount they send, and second, to have more of what they do send repatriated to our county."

Beaufort County voters will help determine nominations in 18 partisan county, state and federal primaries. The filing period ends at noon, March 30.The 1st Congressional and the 43rd State Senate districts were reconfigured because of population growth indicated by the 2010 Census. Most of Beaufort County will be represented by U.S. Rep. Tim Scott, R-Charleston, who is running for re-election. Port Royal and Lady's and Fripp islands will become part of state Sen. George "Chip" Campsen's constituency. Campsen has also filed to run.

Candidates must file a statement of economicinterest with the S.C. State Ethics Commission by noon March 30. Their first campaign financial report is due April 10, according to the Ethics Commissionwebsite.

In Beaufort County, the Republican party has two filing locations:

  • Charter One Realty, 97-A Towne Drive, Bluffton

  • Video Warehouse, 481 Parris Island Gateway, Beaufort.

  • Democrats can file at Moss and Kuhn Law Offices, 1501 North St., Beaufort.

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