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Kris Stancil, Donnie Craig win in primary

Runoffs ahead for tax commissioner, school board post 1



When the dust settled after a vote count that ran for several days, challenger Kris Stancil had knocked off Commission Chair Rob Jones in the GOP Primary, taking 59 percent of the votes cast.

Stancil will face David Shouse, who has announced he will run as an Independent, in the November General Election.

Stancil won across all precincts in the county taking 4,600 votes to Jones’ 3,203. A breakdown of the vote totals in this race from the secretary of state website shows that Stancil drew equal support from all areas of the county and in early, election day, and absentee voting (See breakdown on vote count for this race on Page 11A).

In a statement released on his campaign Facebook site, Stancil said, “I cannot say thank you enough. With only a handful of ballots to be counted, it looks like we have been able to secure the Republican nomination for the November General Election. I also want to say thank you to Chairman Jones for a great campaign. I had the privilege to speak with him earlier today and he was extremely gracious in wishing us luck moving forward. We still have a long way to go and a lot of work to do, but this has been an unforgettable day.”

Rob Jones is the longest sitting top officer in Pickens County’s last century. He had won re-election three times, after winning his first election to sole commissioner in 2004. He won election twice as sole commissioner, oversaw the transition of the county’s form of government and then won election as commission chair twice before last week’s defeat.

In a statement released after the results, Jones said, “I want to thank you all for giving me the opportunity to serve our community the past 16 years. It is truly the honor of my life. Reflecting on my time in office, I am filled with pride. Working together we have accomplished much for our community. I am grateful for Commissioner Barnes, Commissioner Denney, and the Board of Commissioners staff who are like family to me. They are dedicated professionals who work everyday to serve our community. I am grateful for the many friendships made. I am grateful for the support and prayers that have lifted my family over the years. I am grateful for my wife, Diane, who has been with me every step of the way. Diane and my family serve as my greatest motivation. I look forward to finishing the year and the work ahead strong. As always, I will remain available to help our community in any way I can. And I stand ready to help the next Chairman with a successful transition for our county. May God continue to bless our county and each of you.”


Sheriff’s Race

In the second big race of the day, incumbent Sheriff Donnie Craig easily beat Chris Tucker. Craig, a popular sheriff for the past 12 years, took 77 percent of the vote (6,055) over Tucker, a combat veteran and former sheriff deputy, who got 1,840 votes.

Craig said he had been extremely pleased with the support shown him and was pleased to see the wide margin of this victory. On his campaign Facebook page, he wrote, “I would like to thank you for the support and prayers that my family and I have received throughout this election. It is truly an honor to have the opportunity to continue to serve as your Sheriff. I am looking forward to what we can accomplish over the next four years as we continue to make a difference for our community.”