Election 2020
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2020 Democratic candidates aim to bring messages into rural America

DENMARK - Deanna Miller Berry doesn't often see presidential candidates. So when New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker recently came to Bamberg County, South Carolina, she was primed to unload about a contaminated water system. "What is your plan to fix … more

Coroner Baker announces re-election bid in Sumter

His job has kept Robbie Baker busy, and he wants to retain it come November. Sumter County's coroner announced via The Sumter Item he intends to seek re-election for a second four-year term. Baker was first elected in 2016 after he won the … more

Absentee voting open Saturday in Sumter, weekdays for presidential primary

Absentee voting for the Democratic presidential preference primary will be open today from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Sumter County Voter Registration and Election office, 141 N. Main St. in the old Sumter County courthouse. Registered voters - … more

Sumter Mayor Joe McElveen will not seek re-election in November

Sumter will see a change in leadership next year at the highest city level. Mayor Joe McElveen has decided he will not seek re-election after completing his current term after 20 years in office. … more

Sumter private investigator Drayton considers city council run

A Sumter businessman and former local and statewide candidate wants to run for what is looking so far to be an open Sumter City Council seat. Eddie Drayton said he wants to help improve Sumter for the "betterment of everyone" and his … more

Sumter Dems emphasize importance of voting

To vote means to have a voice, and the Sumter County Democratic Party emphasized that notion and the importance of not only voting in the 2020 general election but the presidential primaries, as well, on Friday.With the Democratic presidential … more

City Councilman David Merchant to run for Sumter mayor

A businessman who currently sits on Sumter City Council wants to take the helm. After The Sumter Item initially reported at the beginning of the week that Mayor Joe McElveen, Sumter’s … more
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