The following offices are on the ballot in 2018:
U.S. House of Representatives (all districts) Aiken County: Congressional District 2
State House of Representatives (all districts) Aiken County: Districts 81, 82, 83, 84, 86
South Carolina Executive Branch (Governor/Lt Governor, Secretary of State, Treasurer, Attorney General, Comptroller General, State Superintendent of Education & Commissioner of Agriculture)
Aiken County Council Districts 1, 2, 5 and 6
Filing opens for the non-partisan Aiken County School Board of Education will be later this year. Districts 2, 3, 5, 6 & 7 will be on the ballot in 2018
Who Must File: Any person seeking to be a candidate for nomination of a political party (or a candidate in the party’s primary if there is more than one candidate), or seeking a non-partisan office in the 2018 General Election must file with the appropriate election commission – see below.
When to File: The filing period, which opens at noon on Friday, March 16, 2018 and closes at noon on Friday, March 30, 2018.
Where to File: Candidates for federal office, statewide office, and solicitor must file with the State Election Commission in Columbia. Candidates for State Senate, State House, countywide office, and less than countywide office must file with the County Election Commission in the candidate’s county of residence.
What to file: 1. Filing Form: Three copies of the Statement of Intention of Candidacy & Party Pledge (SICPP) form. The form is available HERE Candidates should wait to sign the form in front of an election official unless they are having the form notarized and delivered by an authorized agent. The respective election commission with “whom it is filed must stamp each copy with the date and time received, return one copy to the candidate, and send one copy to the appropriate political party executive committee.”
2. Filing Fee: Filing fees are paid at the time of filing by candidates seeking the nomination of a party nominating by primary. Filing fees are listed HERE. Filing fee checks should be made payable to the appropriate state political party (i.e. South Carolina Democratic Party). The filing fee is one percent of the annual salary of the office multiplied by the number of years in the term of office, or $100, whichever is greater. For exact filing fees, go to link above. This fee is applied to funding the primary. Personal check, money order, or campaign check only. Cash is NOT accepted. The candidate must sign a receipt for the filing fee, and the election commission with whom it is filed must stamp the receipt with the date and time the filing fee was received, provide one copy to the candidate and provide one copy to the appropriate party executive committee. It is necessary for all candidates to sign the Filing Fee Receipt issued by the State Election Commission/County Election Commission. If a candidate filing is being delivered by an authorized agent, the filing fee receipt may be delivered or electronically transmitted to the candidate, signed by the candidate, and returned to the State Election Commission/County Election Commission by the close of the filing period.
3. File Statement of Economic Interests and Campaign Finance Disclosure: Candidates for state and local office are required to file a Statement of Economic Interests and a Campaign Finance Disclosure online with the State Ethics Commission. Candidates are not required to provide paper copies of the Statement of Economic Interests or the Campaign Finance Disclosure at the time of filing. A person who becomes a candidate by filing a statement of intention of candidacy seeking nomination by political party primary must electronically file a Statement of Economic Interests for the preceding calendar year prior to the close of filing for the particular office. Failure to file these documents with the State Ethics Commission may result in a candidate fine but will not disqualify a candidate from the election.
Contact Your Legislators:
It is imperative that we hold our Senators and House members to task. If we can flood their phones with our views, it may take some time with republican elected officials, but they’ll eventually discover not all of their constituents agree with their point of view.
Not only is this important at the Federal level, but we can take the same approach at the
State & Local levels.
We have provided links to all of our elected officials at the local, state and federal level. It is suggested that you write yourself a script in order to be short and concise. Stick to one (preferably) topic, know your facts and always be polite to the staffers answering the phones.
Aiken City Council
SC Senator Tom Young - Dist 24
SC Senator Nikki Setzler - Dist 26
SC Senator Shane Massey - Dist 25
SC Rep Bill Clyburn- Dist 82
SC Rep Bart Blackwell - Dist 81
SC Rep Bill Hixon - Dist 83
SC Rep. Bill Taylor - Dist 86
Sen. Lindsey Graham: (202) 224-5972, (803) 933-0112 ; Other parts of SC if those #’s are busy:
(864) 250-1417, (843) 669-1505, (843) 849-3887, (803) 366-2828, (864) 646-4090
Sen. Tim Scott: (202) 224-6121, (803) 771-6112 ; Other parts of SC if those #’s are busy:
(864) 233-5366, (843) 727-4525
Rep. Joe Wilson: (202) 225-2452, (803) 642-6416, (803) 939-0041
Or visit local offices
Graham: 508 Hampton Street, Suite 202
Columbia, SC 29201
Scott: 1301 Gervais Street, Suite 825
Columbia, SC 29201
Wilson: 1930 University Parkway, Suite 1600
Aiken, SC 29801