Primary candidates statewide get the boot for tardy 'economic interest' fillings (Update: 35 more)


Update June 10, 2012: Election officials have bumped 35 more candidates from from the June 12th primaries ballot for failure to submit paperwork properly.

I'll point you over to News 2 Charleston for the update.

Update May 10, 2012: For the 180 bumped candidates and their supporters there was hope of reinstatement by way of a Statehouse bill, but that was killed by Senators on Wednesday.

The last chance of these candidates to get on the ballot will likely occur today as a lawyer brings a challenge in federal court that the June 12 primary should be delayed for federal review after the removal of the candidates.

You can check out the list of affirmed candidates at RepublicanDemocrat

Update May 4, 2012: The S.C. Elections commission has released their updated list of eligible candidates. 

You can see the full listings here. Locally, the Horry County Council race got a lot less interesting as the incumbents were the only ones to make the cut. The Sun News has more details here.

Recertified Democrat Candidates

  • Butch Johnson State Senate #28
  • Cedric D. Spain State Representative #58
  • Charles Randall State Representative #104
  • Kenneth Robinson County Council #10
  • Marion Foxworth County Council #3

Recertified Republican Candidates

  • Lois Eargle Auditor
  • Melanie Huggins-Ward Clerk of Court
  • Robert L. Edge, Jr. Coroner
  • Gary Loftus County Council District 04
  • Bob Grabowski County Council District 06
  • Paul Prince County Council District 09
  • Jody Prince County Council District 10
  • Dennis DiSabato, Jr. House District 056
  • Fonzie Lewis House District 058
  • Liston D. Barfield House District 058
  • Heather Ammons Crawford House District 068
  • Larry Richardson House District 068
  • Gary Stephens House District 104
  • Greg Duckworth House District 104
  • Tracy R. Edge House District 104
  • Blake Hewitt House District 105
  • Nelson Hardwick House District 106
  • Rod Smith House District 106
  • Alan Clemmons House District 107
  • Joe DeFeo School Board Chairman
  • Kay Loftus School Board District 04
  • Janice Morreale School Board District 05
  • Paul Peterson School Board District 05
  • John Poston School Board District 08
  • David E. Cox School Board District 09
  • Greg Hembree Senate District 28
  • Luke A. Rankin Senate District 33
  • Phillip E. Thompson Sheriff
  • Roddy Dickinson Treasurer

First Report: Primary candidates around the state could be stricken from ballot list after a S.C. Supreme Court ruling that candidates must follow state law and submit "Statements of Economic Interest" during the filing period.

In all, some 100 candidates across the state may get the boot. The final list of candidates who filed properly will be made available by noon of Friday — watch for it at

The S.C. primaries are June 12, the runoffs are June 26 and the General Election is November 6.

You can check out the court's ruling over here.

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