Race shapes up for SC House seat

achristnovich@beaufortgazette.comMarch 19, 2012 

With three days into the filing period for the June 12 state primary, at least three candidates have surfaced for the S.C. House of Representatives District 120 seat, more than any other race in the county so far.

Republican Laura Sterling filed for the seat Friday, joining Beaufort County Council Chairman Weston Newton and County Councilman Jerry Stewart.

It's not clear if candidates have filed in the Democrats' primary; attempts Friday and Monday to reach that party's filing official, Fred Kuhn Jr., were unsuccessful.

District 120 shifted to Beaufort County when district lines were redrawn as a result of population growth shown by the 2010 census. Rep. Bill Bowers, D-Hampton, currently holds the office but was carved out of the district.

A list of candidates who have filed for various offices affecting Beaufort County:

  • U.S. House of Representatives: Freshman Rep. Tim Scott, R-Charleston, will vie to represent most of Beaufort County in District 1 when new districts take effect after the November election.

  • S.C. Senate: Sen. Tom Davis, R-Beaufort, filed Friday for re-election to District 46. Davis is seeking his second term.

  • S.C. House of Representatives: Rep. Bill Herbkersman, R-Beaufort, filed Monday for re-election to District 118. Herbkersman has served in the House since 2003.

  • County Council: Dan Duryea filed Friday to run for District 7, which is south of U.S. 278, immediately east of S.C. 170 and north of S.C. 46. The county's 11 districts were redrawn and renumbered as a result of redistricting.

  • County Clerk of Court: Jerri Ann Roseneau filed for clerk of court Friday. Roseneau was appointed to the seat in 2009 after former clerk Elizabeth Smith resigned shortly before she was indicted for embezzlement. Also, Ray Garza filed on Friday. Garza said he worked in the clerk's office from 2007 to the end of 2009.

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    Candidates have until March 30 to file for June partisan primary. March 17, 2012 Primary filings open today for 18 elected offices affecting Beaufort County, March 15, 2012

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