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Primary Prep


South Carolina will hold primary elections on June 12, with runoff elections, if any, to be held June 26. Registered Beaufort County voters can cast their ballots in either the Republican or Democratic primary — but not both. For more information on the primary or to find out where to vote, go to bcgov.net/vote.

Below is an overview of the races Beaufort County residents will find on their ballots:

1st Congressional District of South Carolina


U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford

  • Has represented South Carolina’s 1st Congressional District since 2013; also held the position from 1995-2001
  • Governor from 2003-2011
  • Platform: A fiscal reformer and budget-cutter
  • Details: www.sanford.house.gov

S.C. Rep. Katie Arrington

  • Has represented S.C. District 94 (Charleston and Dorchester counties) since 2016.
  • Executive with military defense contractors.
  • Platform: Shared, commonsense and conservative values.
  • Details: www.votekatiearrington.com

Dimitri Cherny

  • His third time running for Congress, after challenging Sanford in 2016 and receiving 37 percent of the vote as a Democratic, Green and Working Families party candidate
  • Worked in the high-tech industry
  • Platform: American radical candidate and forward-thinker
  • Details: www.chernyforcongress.us


Joe Cunningham

  • His first congressional run
  • A construction law attorney, yoga studio owner and ocean engineer
  • Platform: A new wave of leadership in the Lowcountry.
  • Details: www.joecunninghamforcongress.com

Toby Smith

  • Her first congressional run
  • Ran for mayor of Charleston in 2015; she was the first African-American woman to do so
  • Has worked for the Central Intelligence Agency, the Charleston County School District and as a consultant for Project Okurase
  • Details: www.tobysmith4congress.com


Phil Noble, a businessman from Charleston; Marguerite Willis, an attorney from Florence; and state Rep. James Smith of Columbia will face off in the Democratic primary. In the Republican primary, competitors are Gov. Henry McMaster; Catherine Templeton, former director of the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control; Upstate businessman John Warren; Lt. Gov. Kevin Bryant; and former Lt. Gov. Yancey McGill.

The winners of the Republican and Democratic primaries will be joined on the ballot in November by independent Phil Cheney — if he can collect enough petition signatures to qualify — and American Party nominee Martin Barry.

S.C. House of Representatives

District 120: Incumbent Rep. Weston Newton, a Republican, will face Democratic challenger Gabriela Failing in the November midterms.

District 122: At the primaries, Democrats will have to choose between incumbent Rep. William Bowers and Shedron Williams.

District 123

Incumbent Rep. Jeff Bradley will face Phil Hartman in the Republican primary. The winner will go up against Democrat Mario Martinez in November.


S.C. Rep. Jeff Bradley

  • Has represented District 123 in the state House since 2014
  • Has worked as a financial adviser
  • Platform: A voice of common sense, not beholden to special interests, and willing to work toward a consensus

Phil Hartman

  • Has worked in education for 31 years.
  • Platform: A tireless worker for education and new infrastructure

Beaufort County Sheriff

Incumbent P.J. Tanner, a Republican, is being challenged by Joey “JoJo” Woodward.


The incumbent, Republican Jim Beckert, is being challenged by Republican and retired Marine Corps Sgt. George Wright.

Probate Judge

Incumbent probate judge Kenneth Fulp, a Republican, will face Democrat Vernell Scott in November.

Attorney General

Incumbent Alan Wilson is being challenged by Todd Atwater and William Herlong in the Republican primary. The winner will face Constance Anastopoulo in the November midterms.

Secretary of State

Incumbent Mark Hammond is being challenged by fellow Republicans Nelson Faerber, Joshua Putnam and Kerry Wood. The winner will face Democrat Melvin Whittenburg in November.

State Superintendent of Education

Incumbent Molly Spearman, a Republican, will face Democrat Israel Romero in November.

State Treasurer

Incumbent Curtis Loftis, a Republican, will be on the ballot in November against American Party nominee Sarah Work and Democrat Rosalyn Glenn.

Beaufort County Council

District 8 [Hilton Head Island and Bluffton]: Republican Chris Hervochon will face Democrat Brenda Brandt in November.

District 9 [Bluffton, Pritchardville and Daufuskie Island]: Four Republicans will compete in the June primary: Randy Boehme, Mark Lawson, Mike Raymond and Laura Sterling. Democrat Mark McGinnis will face the winner during the mid-term election in November.

District 10 [Hilton Head Island]: Democrat Cathy McClellan will face Republican Lawrence McElynn in November.

District 11 [Hilton Head Island]: Incumbent Stu Rodman is being challenged by Libertarian Robert J. Blok. 

Catherine Forester is co-founder and president of the League of Women Voters of Beaufort.