Primary runoffs set for Tuesday

COUNTY — Pickens County voters will head to the polls one more time next Tuesday, June 28, for the 2016 Republican primary runoffs.

For eight candidates, Tuesday will be the day of reckoning. Three Pickens County Council races and a S.C. Senate seat will be up for grabs, as eight remaining candidates will face no Democratic opposition in the Nov. 8 general election.

All registered voters are eligible to vote, even if they did not vote in last week’s Republican primary.

In the Pickens County Council District 3 runoff, a new face will take the position, as incumbent Randy Crenshaw was defeated in the June 14 primary. The vote will come down to Wes Hendricks and Alex Saitta.

Challenger Roy Costner seeks to unseat incumbent Neil Smith in the Pickens County Council District 4 race.

There will be a new county council member representing District 5 as well, as incumbent Jennifer Willis did not seek re-election. The final two vying for the seat in the June 28 runoff will be Chris Bowers and Jeff Willis.

In the State Senate District 2 contest, incumbent Sen. Larry Martin will try to retain his seat against Rex Rice.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and a photo ID is required to vote. A list of polling locations and sample ballots can be found at