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Mathis resigns as Pinewood mayor

Filing for Sept. 10 special election opens Friday

BY KAYLA ROBINS
kayla@theitem.com
Posted 7/11/19

Pinewood residents who are interested in becoming the town's next mayor can file their candidacy starting this week.

Sarah Mathis, who took office in 2014 after serving on town council, resigned after winning her unopposed re-election bid in …

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Mathis resigns as Pinewood mayor

Filing for Sept. 10 special election opens Friday

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Pinewood residents who are interested in becoming the town's next mayor can file their candidacy starting this week.

Sarah Mathis, who took office in 2014 after serving on town council, resigned after winning her unopposed re-election bid in November, opening the door for a new leader after the Sept. 10 special election.

A two-week filing period for the open seat begins Friday at noon and will close on Friday, July 26, at 5 p.m., according to Sumter County Voter Registration and Election Office.

Pat Jefferson, director of the county department, said the town government used to handle its own elections but that last year was the first year Sumter County took on running them.

Filing will take place at the Sumter County Courthouse, 141 N. Main St., in Room 114. Office hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Prospective candidates must fill out a statement of intent of candidacy form, which is available at www.SCVotes.org in the candidate information section or at the county election office. Candidates are required to file a statement of economic interest and a campaign disclosure form online with the South Carolina Ethics Commission at www.ethics.sc.gov.

To contact the Sumter County Voter Registration and Election Office, call (803) 436-2310, (803)-436-2311, (803) 436-2312 or (803) 436-2313.

The Town of Pinewood, which has a population of 538, is a mayor-council form of government with four nonpartisan, at-large council members and one full-time employee, according to Municipal Association of South Carolina records.