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Hello Oconee GOP members!

Unless you’ve been asleep at the wheel, you know that…

It’s campaign season in South Carolina!!

We had an awesome turnout for our candidate forum last night at our monthly meeting. Our entire state delegation made it back to Oconee just in time for the meeting and provided updates on what’s happening in Columbia at both the SC State House and Senate. I greatly appreciated them extending their day and hustling back to spend the evening with us.
In total, we had 17 candidates in attendance from up & down the ballot, including representatives from both the Haley and Trump campaigns. We found out that Pine St. has been a beehive of activity for early voting in the SC Republican Presidential Primary, with votes on the 1st day of the Republican Presidential Primary outnumbering the total votes cast in the county for the Democratic Presidential Primary. It does make you wonder how many Dems waited until the GOP primary to vote?? Below are some key dates to remember:

Election Timeline

  • 2/12 - Early voting starts - GOP Presidential Primary

  • 2/24 - Election Day - GOP Presidential Primary

  • 3/16 - Candidate filing opens (noon)

  • 4/1 - Candidate filing closes (noon)

  • 4/5 - Candidate certification (noon)

  • 5/28 - Early voting starts

  • 6/7 - Early voting ends

  • 6/11 - Election day - statewide GOP primary


The candidates who participated in last night’s forum were:

SC Senate: Senator Thomas Alexander (President of the SC Senate, incumbent)

SC House: District 1 Representative - Bill Whitmire (incumbent)

SC House: District 2 Representative - Bill Sandifer (incumbent)

US Congress, District 3

Solicitor, Judicial Circuit 10

Oconee County Council District 4

Oconee County Council District 5

  • Julian Davis (incumbent)

Oconee County Council District 2

  • India Lancaster:

Oconee County Treasurer

  • Gena Acree

  • Tonya Keller

Oconee County Auditor

  • Christy Hubbard (incumbent)

Oconee County Coroner

  • Karl Addis (incumbent)

Oconee County Sheriff


Get Out and Get Involved with all that’s going on this election season! It’s exciting!!

Also, a very BIG “Thanks!!” to all who contributed a total of $1,188.00 to Corp. Lucas Watts and his family.

Jim Mann, OCRP Chairman

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