Incumbents dominate filing for Laurens County offices
A number of Laurens County incumbents have filed for re-election in the Nov. 8 general election. Some of them will face opposition in the June 14 Republican and Democratic primaries. U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan has filed for re-election to another 2-year term representing the Third Congressional District. He is a Republican. State Sen. Danny Verdin, a Republican, and state Sen. Floyd Nicholson, a Democrat, have both filed for re-election. They both represent multi-county districts that include Laurens County. Two of the three of the S.C. House members who represent portions of Laurens County – Mike Pitts, Mark N. Willis – have filed for re-election as Republicans. Mark Cathcart and Tommy Mann have both filed as Republicans for the S.C. House District 42 seat currently held by Mike Anthony, a Democrat, who has not filed for re-election as of 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 22. Filing ends at noon next Wednesday, March 30. Eighth circuit solicitor David Stumbo has filed for re-election as a Republican. Laurens County Sheriff Ricky Chastain will be challenged in the Republican primary by Don Reynolds. Clerk of Court Lynn W. Lancaster is unopposed so far, running as a Republican, as is coroner F.G. Nick Nichols, a Democrat. Jim Coleman and David Tribble Jr. have both filed as Republicans to become Laurens County Auditor, replacing Sally Lancaster, who retired in 2015. Laurens County Council Chairman Joe Wood has filed for re-election as a Republican. Council Members Garrett C. McDaniel and Diane Byrd Anderson have both filed to run as Democrats.