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Analysis: 7 S.C. Senate Dist. 3 Candidates Debate at Forum

Greg Wilson/News Analysis

Election season is open again and while April 11 kickoffs the voting, Tuesday night kicked off the candidate forums.

Seven of the eight Republican candidates seeking to fill the South Carolina Senate seat vacated by Lt. Gov. Kevin Bryant, faced their first crowd as a group Tuesday night, and there were few, if any surprises.

During the forum, sponsored by the Progressive Women of Anderson County, each of the candidates vowed their commitment to party values such as greater accountability from government, fiscal responsibility, better education, better roads and pro-life issues.  

The candidates seeking the seat in the April 11 primary who participated in the event were Corey Bott, Don Bowen, Carol Burdette, Richard Cash, James Gaylean, Brad Johnson and John Tucker. Only Dean Allen was absent.

The eventual winner of the primary will likely be the winner in the May 30 special election. Democrat has filed for the seat.

The candidates' opening statements can be watched here. 

District 3 includes more than 100,000 residents and encompasses most of Anderson, as well as Pendleton and Townville, stretching north to Powdersville and south across Lake Hartwell to the Anderson County line near Fair Play. Voters can confirm eligibility to vote in this election at

With so many candidates in the mix, it is highly likely that a runoff will be scheduled April 25, two weeks after the April 11 primary. The special election is scheduled for May 30.

Forums, such as the one Tuesday night, are an important part of getting the word out in hopes of getting folks out to vote. Historically, special elections attract around 5 percent of the eligible voters in any given district. 

For more information on each of the candidates who attended Tuesday night’s event, visit here for information:

Corey Bott 

Don Bowen 

Carol Burdette

Richard Cash 

James Gaylean 

Brad Johnson (unavailable)

John Tucker

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