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By Karen Kissiah kkissiah@civitasmedia.com

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The African-American Ministerial Association has invited each candidate facing opposition in the June 10 primary election to a candidate forum at the Cheraw Community Center tonight, May 29. The event begins at 6 p.m. in the Teen Center.

This is the second time candidates have been offered an opportunity to let the public know their views on various issues facing Chesterfield County. The first forum, held several weeks ago, meet with a capacity crowd at the Cheraw Family Worship Center. The public is encouraged to attend.

Chesterfield County residents will decide June 10 which of the candidates will move forward to be placed on the November ballot. Voters will also answer several advisory questions.

Both the Democratic and the Republican primaries are being held that day, without local competition among Republican candidates. Voters, regardless of how they are registered, may chose to vote in either primary, but not both.

The office with the most competition is by far the race for sheriff. Four people have filed on the Democratic ticket for that office, and one on the Republican ticket.

Former Chesterfield County Sheriff Sanford “Sam” Parker had filed to run for that office in March. His bid for the office was decertified after he was found guilty April 17 on charges of embezzlement, furnishing contraband to inmates and misconduct in office.

Ted Vick’s seat in the S.C. House of Representatives for District 53 is up for grabs. Vick, who has been in office for 10 years, is not seeking re-election.

Probate Judge Edwin “Brother” Davis is not seeking re-election either. He has held that office for more than three decades.

Chesterfield County Councilman Gerald Miller of District 2 is running unopposed, and Crawford Moore of District 8 is not seeking re-election. That means Al Johnson and Douglas Curtis will be the only County Council incumbents facing opposition.

There is no competition among candidates for school board this year.

The advisory questions on the Democratic ballot June 10 are:

• “ Do you believe each state — not Congress — should decide for itself whether to allow online gaming and determine how to regulate online gaming in their state?”

• “ The South Carolina Department of Transportation estimates more than $20 billion is required to fix South Carolina’s crumbling roads and bridges. Should gaming laws be modernized to fund the repairs instead of a tax increase?”

• “ Should medical marijuana be legalized for use in cases of severe, chronic illnesses when documented by a physician?”

The advisory questions on the Republican ballot June 10 are:

• “ Should Article I, Section 3 of the South Carolina Constitution be amended to include the following language?

The privileges and immunities of citizens of South Carolina and the United States shall not be abridged, so that no person shall be deprived of life without due process of law, nor shall any person be denied the equal protection of the laws. These rights shall extend to both born and pre-born persons beginning at conception.”

• “ Should South Carolina law be amended to replace the state income tax imposed on individuals, estates, trusts and others by reducing the rate of taxation by 1.4 percent each year until the state income tax rate for all brackets is zero percent?”

— Reach Staff Writer Karen Kissiah at 843-537-5261.

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