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Campaign 2012: GOP will mount challenge in courthouse races

By Jackie R. Broach
Coastal Observer

The Georgetown County Republican Party has candidates for three courthouse offices currently held by Democrats. Filing for the June primary elections closed at noon Friday.

Mike Andrews of Pawleys Island will run for county treasurer against incumbent Loretta Washington-Cooper, a Democrat who was first elected in 1991.

Tammie Avant of Pleasant Hill, a paralegal, will run as a Republican for clerk of court. She will face Alma White, a Democrate, who filed for re-election Friday.

The GOP has two candidates for county auditor: Brian Shult of Pawleys Island and Rod Stalvey of Georgetown. The incumbent, Linda Mock, did not file for re-election and no Democrats filed for the position.

Democratic Party officials were caught by surprise by Mock's decision. Nancy Kolman, who chairs the county Democrats, said they didn't have time to recruit another candidate.

Mock could not be reached for comment Friday.

The county GOP made no secret of the fact it was searching out candidates to run for courthouse offices held by Democrats. Republicans hold four of the seven seats on Georgetown County Council, including all three seats that represent portions of the Waccamaw Neck.

Two other Republicans filed for re-election: Probate Judge Waldo Maring and Coroner Kenny Johnson. They were first elected as Democrats, but later changed parties. No Democrats filed for those offices.

In the 7th Congressional District, nine Republicans filed for the June 12 primary: Andre Bauer, Renee Culler, Katherine Jenerette, Jay Jordan, Jim Mader, Chad Prosser, Tom Rice, Randal Wallace and Dick Withington. The new district was created as a result of reapportionment following the 2010 census.

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