The second of three OCC #3 contests
One Paul Cain-Andy Inabinet contest for Seat Three, Oconee County Council is in the books. There’ll be another in the June 10 Republican primary. But, at their meeting last night, Republicans were reminded there’s still another contest. County GOP officer Phil Soper said, having won a special primary April 1, Inabinet will go into the next election, May 20, as the only ballot candidate. Write-in votes will be permitted. A couple of Republicans last night expressed surprise at the need for next month’s election, but Soper says it’s the law. State Elections Commission spokesman Chris Whitmire tells 96.3/WGOG NEWS: “Yes, the SEC policy in this situation is that the election needs to be held. S.C. Code Section 7-13-190(E), which allows for candidates of special elections say, ‘…if only one files…’ In this case, more than candidate filed. The law does not address one candidate remaining after a primary.” A majority May 20 will allow Inabinet to immediately move into the vacant council seat to complete the late Archie Barron’s term which runs through December 31. The winner June 10 of the Cain-Inabinet regular primary will determine the Republicans’ nominee to run for the full, four-year term in the November General Election.