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VW council filing opens Aug. 1

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All 5 seats on ballot Nov. 5

By Gregory A. Summers

It may be an off-election year in some places, but it’s not in Van Wyck, where town council elections are set for Nov. 5.
Candidate filing for all five council seats begins at noon Aug. 1 and ends at noon Aug. 14.
The election is non-partisan, which means candidates aren’t affiliated with political parties.
The county’s newest town, Van Wyck incorporated in August 2017 to fight off the proposed incorporation of Indian Land.
In November 2017, its residents chose Bob Doster, Xavier Kee, Richard Vaughan and Cassandra Watkins from a field of nine candidates for four council seats.
They also elected Sean Corcoran, who ran unopposed as Van Wyck’s first-ever mayor.
There are no filing fees to run for the Van Wyck council seats.
To file, candidates must be a legal resident of their town 30 days prior to the election.
Candidates can file at the Lancaster County Voter Registration and Elections Office on the lower level of the Lancaster County Administration Building, 101 N. Main St., Lancaster.
The filing form (Statement of Intention of Candidacy) is available online at scVOTES.org under the “Candidates” information section as the top of the webpage.
Candidates must also file a Statement of Economic Interest and a Campaign Disclosure form with the S.C. Ethics Commission. The forms are available at http://ethics.sc.gov. Failure to file the documents won’t disqualify candidates, but could result in fines.
For more information, contact the county elections office at (803) 285-2969.

Follow reporter Greg Summers on Twitter @GregSummersTLN or contact him at (803) 283-1156.