Published on Thursday, February 1, 2018
Filing opened today, February 1, at noon for a municipal election that will take place in the town of Clio on April 10.
The non-partisan election will be for the mayor's office and four at-large seats on town council. Filing will continue through noon on February 15 at Clio Town Hall, 110 North Main Street.
The current mayor is Joe Kinney, and the current town council members are Isadora Covington, Samuel McCollum, Pearlie Thomas and Luther Thomas.
Elected officials in Clio serve two-year terms.
This is the only election that will take place in the spring. But 2018 will be a busy election year, with a number of important state and local offices to be determined by the general election process.
That starts with the filing period for candidates, which runs March 16-30. Primaries will take place on June 12, and the primary winners will then advance to the general election on November 6.
In Marlboro County, the vast majority of candidates typically file as Democrats. This means the real contests are in the primaries and the general election is just a formality as the Democratic primary winners are unopposed at that time.
According to the South Carolina Election Commission, these are the state offices that will be up for election this year:
-Secretary of State
-State Superintendent of Education
-Commissioner of Agriculture
-U.S. House of Representatives
-State House of Representatives
The state constitution was amended in 2014 to require Governor and Lieutenant Governor to run on a joint ticket in the general election. Rules are expected to be established in February for how Lieutenant Governor candidates will file for office.
Additionally, the constitution was amended in 2015 to provide for the appointment of the Adjutant General by the governor, with advice and consent of the senate. As such, Adjutant General is no longer an elected office.
There will also be a number of county offices up for election this year. These offices will be included in the June 6 primaries:
-County Council Dist. 1
-County Council Dist. 4
-County Council Dist. 7
-County Council Dist. 8
Additionally, there are some local non-partisan offices that will be part of the general election in November, but not the primaries. These are:
-School Board Chair
-School Board Dist. 2
-School Board Dist. 3
-School Board Dist. 5
-School Board Dist. 7
-School Board Dist. 8
-Soil & Water District Commission
-Carters Branch – Muddy Creek Watershed.
Author: Dan McNiel