2 county councilmen to face off for District 1 seat

achristnovich@beaufortgazette.comMarch 20, 2012 

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Two Beaufort County councilmen whose districts were redrawn will compete against each other in the June 12 Democratic Party primary to represent District 1.

Herbert Glaze and Gerald Dawson have filed to run for the seat, which covers most of northern Beaufort County. The new district was created after the 2010 Census revealed population shifts that necessitated reconfigured districts.

Dawson has represented Sheldon, Lebeco and Dale in the 6th District since 2004.

Glaze has served northern Burton and unincorporated parts of the county in District 8 since 1993.

The redistricting gave southern Beaufort County a majority of County Council seats for the first time and combined three majority-minority districts into two.

Dawson, who filed Tuesday, said he and Glaze never discussed running against each other and that the district will be well represented regardless of who wins.

Attempts Tuesday to contact Glaze, who filed Friday, were unsuccessful.

Councilman Bill McBride also filed for re-election with the Democratic office. McBride has been on council for 33 years and is running to continue to represent St. Helena Island in the redrawn District 3.

County Council seats 5 and 7 also are up for grabs.

Dan Duryea filed as a GOP candidate Friday to run for District 7, which encompasses the area south of U.S. 278, immediately east of S.C. 170 and north of S.C. 46.

District 9 councilman Brian Flewelling's term is up, but as of Tuesday night, he had not filed.

Candidates must file a statement of intention with a designated party official by March 30. A statement of economic interest also must be submitted to the S.C. State Ethics Commission.

Those who don't file by March 30 must submit a petition containing the signatures of at least 5 percent of the active, registered voters in the geographical area the office represents to be added to the ballot, according to the Election Commission's website.

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