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JUNE 2022 - Chairman's Corner


JUNE 2022

May was an interesting month. We started by going to Union County on May 5 to hear from the candidates for State Superintendent of Education. Several of us went and were pleased by the presentations. We have been unable to hear from several of the candidates and this was an opportunity to meet and question them.

Our Morning GOP meeting was May 10. There were 24 in attendance. We had the Mayor of Prosperity, Derek Underwood and the Chief of police, Wesley Palmore. House District 40 candidates Joe White and Tammy Johns asked for your vote. Sen. Ronnie Cromer spoke on the bill concerning Election Integrity. Coroner Laura Kneece she is finishing her budget for 2022/2023. The current number of deaths in Newberry this year are 200. The Coroner is seeing an increase in opioid deaths. She is requesting a new building for a morgue and another deputy coroner.


We attended a Debate for House District 40 in Chapin on May 14. There were about 45 people there. The candidates spoke and were asked questions about what they bring to the job if elected. It was a lively debate and the weather for an outside venue was wonderful.

Our Regular Newberry GOP meeting was on May 19. There were 57 in attendance despite the horribly hot weather. Our speaker was Commissioner of Agriculture Hugh Weathers. He spoke about all the ways his office affects us every day from weights and measures to making sure you get a gallon of gas when you pay for a gallon. He talked about local farmers and how we have approximately 25,000 farms in SC providing 20,000 jobs. His philosophy is to educate before regulating.

Charm always has a good time at the meetings.

Rep. Rick Martin, Tammy Johns and Joe White spoke and asked for your vote. County Councilman Les Hipp was recognized as well as Sen. Ronnie Cromer. Candidates for County Council District 3 were recognized, John Shell and Karl Sease.

On May 27 we held our very own debate for the House District 40. It was quite the event. Supper was provided for free. There were 120 people there. Andrew Wigger from the Newberry Observer was the moderator. The food was good, provided by John Matthews, the debate was lively, and the conversation was friendly.

Caroline Likes with the Flag

Everyone paid close attention to the candidates as they laid out their plan for the office.



Now for the BIG Stuff!!!! If you are volunteering to work at the polls please make sure you are registered with the Election Commission 803-321-2121 asap.

The Primary will be on Tuesday June 14. You can vote at the Election Commission office early if you are unable to go the polling place. If you want to be a poll watcher contact Charm Altman 803-497-5359 or Janice Likes 864-415-7119. There are rules and forms you must have.

Early Voting

Any voter can visit an early-voting location in their county to vote early (Similar to voting at the polling place on Election Day).

Early voting for June Primaries

Period: Tuesday May 31 – Friday, June 10.

Closed Saturday and Sunday. June 4-5.

Hours: 8:30 am – 5:00pm

Locations: All County Voter Registration and Election Offices Newberry County office is located at 1872 Wilson Road, Newberry, SC 29108

Phone: (803) 321-2121

If there is a run-off for the Primary, it will be as follows.

Early-voting for June runoffs: Wednesday June 22- Friday June 24

Hours and Locations same as primaries.

Photo ID is required to vote at an early voting location

PO Box 131

Prosperity, SC 29127

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