Friday, August 24, 2012
Dozens from Mauldin, Simpsonville and elsewhere congregated Thursday to eat fresh-churned ice cream and talk with their state representatives and senators.
Nearly 60 folks from Mauldin, Simpsonville, Fountain Inn and other points throughout the Upstate came out Thursday evening to enjoy some fresh-churned ice cream and talk with their state representatives as part of the 10th Annual Ice Cream in the Park & Town Hall Meeting. The event, held at Simpsonville's Senior Activities Center, was hosted by Republican Dist. 27 state Rep. Garry Smith of Simpsonville, and sponsored jointly by the Simpsonville, Mauldin, and Fountain Inn chambers of commerce. Though Mauldin Rep. Eric Bedingfield could not attend because his car was broken down somewhere on Interstate 26, and Greenville state Sen. David Thomas was a no-show, folks got to spend plenty of informal time talking and socializing with other …
Monday, June 25, 2012
One of three such run-offs across the state.
Two political newcomers, Joe Swann and Ross Turner will run off today for the right to be the GOP nominee for State Senate Seat 8. Swann and Turner were the top two finishers in the July 12 primary, separated by just 70 votes and ahead of incumbent David Thomas, who was ousted after 28 years of service. Both Swann and Turner have spent big money in the race, as both hail from Greenville and have worked hard to reach voters in Mauldin and the rest of the Golden Strip. Whomever survives wins today won't be finished spending money. He'll have to face Democrat Jeff Dishner in November. Where to vote in Greenville County: 201 203 29662 29687 29644 29617 29650 29673 Follow Mauldin Patch on Facebook and Twitter. Get the newsletter delivered to …
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
A look at those candidates in races today.
Voting begins this morning at 7 a.m. For information on where to vote visit our list of precincts in Greenville County. Below is a capsule look at the candidates who have opposition in the primary. Senate District 7 - Democratic District 7 has traditionally been a Democratic district and its seat became open after its longtime occupant Ralph Anderson announced his retirement. District in the Mauldin area is comprised mostly of the town to the east of Main Street/Route 276. The winner of the Democratic primary between Lillian Brock-Flemming and Karl Allen will match up against Jane Kizer, a Republican who is running unopposed. Karl Allen Allen is a Greenville-based attorney who has represented District 25 in the State House since 2000. He …
Sunday, June 10, 2012
Other races lag well behind in dollars spent and raised.
It’s safe to say that none of the five candidates pursuing the GOP nomination to represent District 8 in the State Senate are doing so for the money. But they sure are spending plenty of it. In their efforts to win votes for the District 8 seat in Tuesday's primary, Jim Lee, Joe Swann, incumbent David Thomas and Ross Turner have all spent more than the annual salary of $10,400, to which they would be entitled if they won. The fifth candidate, Chad Groover has spent nearly $8,000. According to the latest fundraising totals, which are available at the State Ethics Commission website, the candidates have collectively raised approximately $400,000 while spending approximately $325,000. Those totals are through May. The fundraising haul is led …
Friday, June 8, 2012
Millions of dollars in unclaimed property being offered across the state.
South Carolina State Treasurer Curtis Loftis will be in Mauldin on Friday and he'll be looking to give away some money. It's all perfectly legal since Loftis will be stopping at Smitty's on E. Butler Rd. to see if any residents are owed some of the $300 million in unclaimed property that was uncovered recently. Loftis will be hosted by Sen. David Thomas from District 8. Loftis began the Palmetto Payback Hometown Tour after discovered the millions and 23 of the state's lawmakers realized they had unclaimed property. "I want to make sure my constituents get their money,” Sen. Thomas said. “It is a pleasure to welcome Treasurer Loftis and this important program to the Upstate. I hope we can find many constituent names on the list during the …
Saturday, June 2, 2012
Live video stream in cooperation with Bob McLain and WORD.
In partnership with WORD and Bob McLain, Mauldin Patch streamed the debate for the candidates vying for State Senate Seat presently held by David Thomas. Thomas was unable to attend, citing a previous commitment. Candidates Chad Groover, Jim Lee, Joe Swann and Ross Turner shared their views on a wide rainge of issues for an hour, while Bob McClain moderated, along with State Rep. Garry Smith and yours truly. The debate can be heard in audio form in its on WORD by going to their audio page. The debate begins at the 1:30 mark of the accompanying video. In the event of technical difficulty you can view the video feed here. Who do you think did the best in the debate? Tell us in the commnets section below. Follow Mauldin Patch on Facebook and…
Thursday, May 31, 2012
Starts at 6 p.m.
Mauldin Patch will live stream the debate between candidates for the District 8 Senate Seat. The debate will be aired live on WORD radio starting at 6 p.m. and be hosted by Bob McLain. You will be able to watch it here on Mauldin Patch. The District 8 seat is currently held by David Thomas. He is expected to participate in the debate as well as the four men vying to replace him: Chad Groover, Jim Lee, Joe Swann and Ross Turner. If you have a question you’d like to have the candidates respond to, post it below or on Twitter @BobonWord or @MauldinPatch or on the Facebook pages of Mauldin Patch and Bob McLain. Election Day is June 12. Follow Mauldin Patch on Facebook and Twitter. Get the newsletter delivered to your inbox every morning by …
Friday, May 18, 2012
Monday session was on hot topic.
On Monday evening, the candidates for the District 8 Senate Seat met in a forum at Mauldin Middle School dedicated to educational issues. The event was moderated by Deb Sofield and a large group of parents and educators attended, to hear challengers Chad Groover, Jim Lee, Ross Turner and Joe Swann along with incumbent David Thomas. Among the main topics were the much-talked about issue of school choice, as well as dropout rates, teacher salaries and teacher evaluations. The candidates did receive questions in advance and found agreement on many points. All of them felt there needs to be more choice, less red tape at the administrative level and that $29,000 is a fair starting salary for a teacher. Among the other highlights: Groover said …
Saturday, April 28, 2012
Dozens braved the rain, stormy weather to hear cheer their favorite candidate.
Several dozen people gathered at the covered seats at the Greenville Drive stadium Friday night. The threat of rain and the ominous black cloud hanging above the outfield walls might have kept some people away, but not those who truly wanted to hear what a particular candidate had to say. If there had been a ballgame that night, the tarps would have covered the field. But this event wouldn't be called for rain. The podium atop the dugout was abandoned as the rains came in and the candidates joined the public under the awnings to make their pitch. While the candidates were hard to hear at times, due more so to the people enjoying themselves with friends or family members, each one had a message for voters, "Remember to vote on June 12." The…
Friday, April 27, 2012
A recap of legislative activities from Reps. Bruce Bannister, Eric Bedingfield, Garry Smith and Sen. David Thomas.
In a Town Hall session on Thursday night at City Hall, Mauldin's representatives in Columbia updated citizens on this year's legislative session. Sen. David Thomas and Representatives Bruce Bannister, Eric Bedingfield and Garry Smith discussed a wide range of topics including school choice, tax reform and health care. The accompanying video was recorded live. Follow Mauldin Patch on Facebook and Twitter. Get the newsletter delivered to your inbox every morning by clicking HERE.