Filing closes for November races

By Ben Robinson
Staff Reporter

COUNTY — Filing has closed for all local races in the November general election, and one Pickens County School Board seat in particular will be hotly contested.

In the school board District 2 race in November to replace Jimmy Gillespie, who decided not to seek reelection, four candidates have filed. Phillip Bowers, Kevin McKenzie, Tony Qualkinbush and Jennifer B. Wood will be on the ballot vying for the seat.

The only other school board race that will be contested will be the District 6 contest, which will feature incumbent Jim Shelton trying to remain on the board against Henry Wilson. A third candidate, Danny Graybeal, withdrew from the running after filing.

District 4 school board trustee Brian Swords will run unopposed in November.

Two county council seats up for grabs will be uncontested as well, as incumbent Trey Whitehurst will return to his District 2 seat and Ensley Feemster will take over for Jeff Martin, who chose not to seek reelection, in District 1.

Filing for those seeking a spot on Clemson City Council is also complete. With three at-large seats available, the candidates are Ray F. Brown, Jerry Chapman, Tim Fowler, June Hay, C. Martin Tiller and Jeremy Wright.