By Al Dozier At least two incumbents on the Lexington-Richland District 5 School Board have lost their seats in Tuesday’s elections, according to early reports on vote counts. In Richland County, incumbents Nikki Gardner and Tifani Moore lost their seats to newcomers Kevin Scully, a USDA employee, and S.C. BarContinue Reading

Nathan Ballentine will run unopposed in November after defeating newcomer Paul Erickson for the District 71 seat. Ballentine has held the seat for 18 years. When Representative Chip Huggins announced he would not seek a new term for House District 85 after 23 years of service four candidates vying forContinue Reading

By Elizabeth Kilmartin Several weeks ago, Jay and I made the decision that we would run for office. “We,” you ask? Yes. But just the running part. About a week from the filing deadline, we decided that we better pray after several people asked Jay to run as a trueContinue Reading

Palmetto State Families Suffering from Inflation; Tourism Industry Hurt by High Gas Prices Rebecca Blackburn Hines, Conservative Republican candidate for South Carolina House District 85 from Irmo and Chapin called for a suspension of the state gas tax in light of skyrocketing inflation and bad economic decisions from the BidenContinue Reading

Lexington County Councilwoman Charli Wessinger has endorsed Republican Catherine Huddle in the race for the S.C. House District 85 seat. Wessinger, a Republican, said Huddle’s fiscal conservatism and financial background make her the best choice to serve Irmo-Chapin taxpayers. “I am excited to support Catherine Huddle to represent me andContinue Reading

State Rep. RJ May endorses Kilmartin A capacity crowd packed into Alodia’s Cucina Italiana of Irmo to kickoff Conservative Republican Businessman Jay Kilmartin’s campaign for State House District 85 to replace retiring Rep. Chip Huggins. The event took place on Monday night, May 9th. Kilmartin was introduced by his wifeContinue Reading

Christian Stegmaier has entered the 4-way race to replace Chip Huggins in House District 85. Stegmaier is a lifelong resident of the Irmo-Chapin area. His campaign is focused on the real issues that affect the everyday lives of citizens living in Irmo and Chapin. Specifically, Stegmaier’s platform is focused on:Continue Reading

Conservative Candidate for State House Proposes Action to Safeguard SC Ballots Rebecca Blackburn Hines, Republican candidate for South Carolina House District 85, announced her new proposal to finally secure Palmetto State elections. She is also proposing voter registration by political party. “South Carolinians are demanding that their elections be bothContinue Reading

Local small businesses have chosen their candidate for the open seat in State House District 85 covering Chapin and Irmo in Lexington County in the June 14th Republican Primary. Those businesses have endorsed Conservative Republican businessman Jay Kilmartin. The endorsements launched the Small Business Coalition for Kilmartin. “I am thankfulContinue Reading