There will be a contested school board race for Post 3 this November after independent Jennifer Galligan officially made the ballot last week.
The school board race will be along with the November 4 General Election, also featuring a U.S. Senate seat,
the contest for governor and a race for state representative between incumbent Rick Jasperse and challenger Charles Hendrix.
The school board will be the only Pickens race.
Galligan will face Byron Long, the incumbent who ran unopposed in the Republican Primary.
The election office ruled August 8 that Galligan, an attorney who lives in west Pickens, had 897 verified signatures on her petition to make the ballot, surpassing the threshold of 830 required. All signatures had to be checked as registered voters here.
On Monday, Galligan said she needed to give credit to people who helped her gather the more than 1,100 signatures originally submitted.
“I got a lot of good feedback from the people we gathered signatures from,” she said. “This ranged from smaller issues to larger ones.”
Julianne Roberts, elections supervisor, said she had completed providing material to the state for the ballot this week and there will be two quirks on the ballots.
First, the names on the school board race will not be listed alphabetically, due to a state rule. The state will list the names of Republicans first as candidates as they are the party of the sitting governor - a rule that Roberts said was completely out of her control.
She said, “Some observant voter will probably question why we have Long before Galligan, but it was a state level [rule].”
Second, a race for Soil and Water Conservation District representative will appear on all ballots but with no candidates. She said incumbent Jerry Edwards did not officially qualify, nor did anyone run against him. It will appear as a race with no candidates, which may create some confusion, Roberts said.
• The last day to register to vote for the upcoming November election is October 6. Visit the elections office on Pioneer Road to register. Early voting begins on October 13. Look for sample ballots and more information later.