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2022 Primary Election Results
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Last Tuesday (June 14) voters took to the polls to cast their vote in the 2022 party primaries.

On the ballot for local races was the Republican candidates for the 2022 Sheriff’s race. None of the candidates met the 50%-plus one needed to win the nomination outright, so the top two finishers; Cambo Streater and Keith Thomas will face off on next Tuesday in a runoff election. The winner will face incumbent Democrat Sheriff James “J.D.” Dixon in November’s General Election.

There were two races for Republican seats on County Council. In District 4, Douglas Curtis won with 62.12% of the vote and in District 3, Ethan Foard won with 54.77%.

The Governor’s race resulted in Joe Cunningham securing the top Democratic spot with 102,473 votes or 56.43%. Cunningham will face Republican incumbent, Henry McMaster, who secured 306,543 votes or 83.3%.

While Cuningham won the statewide vote, in Chesterfield County he was second to Mia McLeod, who garnered 56.63% of the Democratic vote. In Chesterfield County, McMaster’s votes were similar to the statewide results. McMaster, who has served as Governor since 2017, received 87.65% of Chesterfield County’s votes compared to 83.3% statewide.

In last week’s primary for the Democratic race for U.S. Senate, Catherine Bruce and Krystle Matthews finished with 34.69% and 33.24% respectively and will face off for the right to run against incumbent Republican U.S. Senator Tim Scott. Angela Geter finished just 1,997 votes behind Matthews, garnering 32.08% of the vote.

For District 7 of the U.S. House of Representatives, Russell Fry was the Republican leader with 43,509 of the statewide vote (51.06%). In Chesterfield County, Fry garnered 35.08% of the votes, compared to incumbent Tom Rice, who came in second with 24.24%.

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY ELECTION RESULTSThe election results for Chesterfield County for the June 14, 2022 party primaries are listed below. The figures represent Chesterfield County votes and do not include statewide voting numbers.

All figures are reported from the South Carolina Election Commission as of 6/16/22

DEMOCRATIC PARTYGovernor (Vote for 1)

Carlton Boyd — 85 (6.75%)

Joe Cunningham — 305 (24.23%)

Mia S. McLeod — 713 (56.63%)

Calvin CJ Mack McMilan — 75 (5.96%)

William H. Williams — 81 (6.43%)

State Superintendent of Education (Vote for 1)

Gary L. Burgess — 419 (33.79%)

Lisa Ellis — 650 (52.2%)

Jerry Govan — 171 (13.79%)

U.S. Senate (Vote for 1)

Catherine Fleming Bruce — 515 (41.8%)

Angela Geter — 419 (34.01%)

Krystle Matthews — 298 (24.19%)

REPUBLICAN PARTYGovernor (Vote for 1)

Henry McMaster — 4,287 (87.65%)

Harrison Musselwhite — 604 (12.35%)

Secretary of State (Vote for 1)

Keith Blandford — 1,332 (29.29%)

Mark Hammond — 3,215 (70.71%)

Attorney General (Vote for 1)

Lauren Martel — 1,942 (42.67%)

Alan Wilson — 2,609 (57.33%)

Commissioner of Agriculture (Vote for 1)

Bill Bledsoe — 1,457 (31.99%)

Rob Rozier — 561 (12.32%)

Hugh Weathers — 2,537 (55.7%)

State Superintendent of Education (Vote for 1)

Travis Benson — 631 (13.9%)

Bryan Chapman — 954 (21.01%)

Kizzi Gibson — 210 (4.63%)

Lynda Leventis-Wells — 258 (5.68%)

Kathy Maness — 1,736 (38.24%)

Ellen Weaver — 751 (16.54%)

U.S. House of Representatives, District 7 (Vote for 1)

Barbara Arthur — 919 (18.72%)

Garrett Barton — 806 (16.42%)

Russell Fry — 1,722 (35.08%)

Mark McBride — 111 (2.26%)

Spencer A. Morris — 33 (0.67%)

Tom Rice — 1,190 (24.24%)

Ken Richardson — 128 (2.61%)

Chesterfield County Sheriff (Vote for 1)

Chuck Mixon — 599 (12.14%)

Jordan C. Seidhom — 1,094 (22.16%)

Cambo Streater — 1,916 (38.82%)

Keith Thomas — 1,327 (26.88%)

Chesterfield County Council District 3 (Vote for 1)

Ethan Foard — 327 (54.77%)

Al Johnson — 270 (45.23%)

Chesterfield County Council District 4 (Vote for 1)

Douglas A. Curtis — 451 (62.12%)

Loni Riley — 275 (37.88%)

STATEWIDE ELECTION RESULTSBelow are the unofficial statewide results from last Tuesday’s party primaries.

All figures are reported from the South Carolina Election Commission as of 6/16/22.

DEMOCRATIC PARTYGovernor (Vote for 1)

Carlton Boyd — 9,579 (5.28%)

Joe Cunningham — 102,473 (56.43%)

Mia S. McLeod — 56,406 (31.06%)

Calvin CJ Mack McMilan — 6,303 (3.47%)

William H. Williams — 6,829 (3.76%)

State Superintendent of Education (Vote for 1)

Gary L. Burgess — 54,464 (31.18%)

Lisa Ellis — 87,529 (50.11%)

Jerry Govan — 32,665 (18.7%)

U.S. Senate (Vote for 1)

Catherine Fleming Bruce — 59,777 (34.69%)

Angela Geter — 55,281 (32.08%)

Krystle Matthews — 57,278 (33.24%)

REPUBLICAN PARTYGovernor (Vote for 1)

Henry McMaster — 306,543 (83.3%)

Harrison Musselwhite — 61,462 (16.70%)

Secretary of State (Vote for 1)

Keith Blandford — 85,050 (24.86%)

Mark Hammond — 257,131 (75.14%)

Attorney General (Vote for 1)

Lauren Martel — 119,247 (34.29%)

Alan Wilson — 228,538 (65.71%)

Commissioner of Agriculture (Vote for 1)

Bill Bledsoe — 97,711 (29.04%)

Rob Rozier — 39,391 (11.71%)

Hugh Weathers — 199,424 (59.26%)

State Superintendent of Education (Vote for 1)

Travis Benson — 47,241 (13.94%)

Bryan Chapman — 42,498 (12.54%)

Kizzi Gibson — 37,743 (11.14%)

Lynda Leventis-Wells — 28,755 (8.48%)

Kathy Maness — 103,608 (30.57%)

Ellen Weaver — 79,077 (23.33%)

U.S. House of Representatives, District 7 (Vote for 1)

Barbara Arthur — 10,481 (12.3%)

Garrett Barton — 2,154 (2.53%)

Russell Fry — 43,509 (51.06%)

Mark McBride — 1,676 (1.97%)

Spencer A. Morris — 444 (0.52%)

Tom Rice — 20,927 (24.56%)

Ken Richardson — 6,021 (7.07%)


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Polly’s Coffee & Ice Cream Shoppe receives Hershey award
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Polly’s Coffee & Ice Cream Shoppe recently received the Hershey’s 2021 Golden Scoop Award.

Rodney Nicholson, owner of the Pageland business, said he had no idea that after one year of being in business, he would receive such an honor.

The award is given annually to businesses in recognition of their outstanding performance in the sale and promotion of Hershey’s premium ice cream products.

Nicholson said it was just a normal Monday, June 13, when he went into work to find Tom Holder, vice president of Hershey’s Sales, outside his shop.

“He just popped up,” Nicholson remarked. “He was actually here waiting on us to open.”

He said he and his daughter-in-law, Breanna, who was there with him that morning, were both in shock after learning the ice cream shoppe was being presented the prestigious award that very morning.

“It was just a nice surprise,” Nicholson said. “To be in a small town and get that award, was another plus.”

The ice cream shoppe offers more than 50 flavors of Hershey’s ice cream. It also sells gourmet popcorn, brownies and a variety of other goodies.

Nicholson said the shoppe sells a lot of banana splits, which are a big hit with his customers.

Customers of the store come from all around, including Chesterfield and Lancaster counties, as well as from Union County, N.C.

Business hours are 12 p.m. until 9 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and from 2 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Sundays. You can also call the business at 843-675-5050, or visit the shoppe’s social media page.

Nicholson said he always works hard to do his best at whatever is put before him.

“I believe whatever you do, do it heartily as unto the Lord,” he said. “That’s the way I deal with life.”

Nicholson said his ice cream parlor is more than just a business; it’s a ministry.

He said people come into his family-friendly shoppe from all walks of life.

“We try to cater to families by having affordable prices on our products,” remarked Nicholson remarked.

Although, the current prices for his products are becoming more difficult with the way the economy is going, he noted.

The parlor also provides live music entertainment on certain days. Nicholson’s daughter, Megan, and Pageland resident, Christina Hinson, perform on acoustic days. Other performers include the Brothers King from Wingate and Evangelist Michael Nelson.

The ice cream shoppe was named for Nicholson’s wife, Polly, who passed in August 2017 of a rare neurological degenerative disease. The business celebrated its first anniversary earlier this month with product giveaways and discounts.

Nicholson is also owner and operator of The Ball Theatre, located at 220 W. McGregor St.


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Two Republican candidates for Sheriff headed for runoff
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One local, one state and one national race will be on the ballot for Chesterfield County voters next Tuesday.

In last week’s primary, four candidates sought the Republican nomination for sheriff. None met the 50%-plus-one needed to win the nomination outright, so the top two finishers will face off June 28. The winner between Cambo Streater and Keith Thomas will face incumbent Democrat Sheriff James “J.D.” Dixon in November’s General Election.

The only other race on the Republican ballot will be to decide a state superintendent of education candidate. Kathy Maness finished in first place in a crowded, six-person field last week, but fell well short of the threshold (she had 30.57% of the vote) to win the race outright. Ellen Weaver finished second at 23.33% of the vote, so the two are facing off in the runoff. The winner will face Democrat Lisa Ellis in November’s General Election. Ellis narrowly avoided a runoff herself as she pulled in 50.11% of the votes on during the primary.

On the Democratic side, the only race will be for U.S. Senate. Last week’s primary featured a very hotly contested three-way race. Catherine Bruce and Krystle Matthews finished with 34.69% and 33.24% respectively and will face off next Tuesday for the right to run against incumbent Republican U.S. Senator Tim Scott. Angela Geter finished just 1,977 votes behind Matthews, garnering 32.08% of the vote.

Turnout for the primary was 24.3% in Chesterfield County and turnout for runoffs usually struggles to get half of that number. Anyone who voted in the primary last week can vote in the runoff, but only for the party whose primary they voted in originally. Those that did not vote in the primary at all can choose to vote in either the Republican or Democratic runoff.


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Driver killed in single-vehicle accident
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A Lancaster man was killed Monday, June 13, in a single-vehicle wreck on S.C. 9 in Chesterfield County.

S.C. Highway Patrol Master Trooper Gary Miller reported that the Highway Patrol investigated the accident about 11:50 a.m. on S.C. 9 near Gills Creek Road, about 6 miles west of Pageland.

According to Miller, the 1992 Chevrolet pickup truck was traveling west on S.C. 9 when it went off the left side of the road and down an embankment.

The driver of the vehicle, who died at the scene, was identified as Noah Shane Evans, 21, by Kip Kiser of the Chesterfield County Coroner’s Office.

Miller said there were no passengers in the vehicle.


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