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City council votes for $33.9M budget

By Greg Summers

Lancaster City Council passed first reading of its $33.9 million fiscal 2017-18 budget Tuesday.
The vote was 6-0, with council member Tamara Green Garris absent due to an out-of-state family commitment.
As written, the proposed budget raises the property tax millage rate to 178.5 from 176.4 in the current budget. The millage increase means an $8.40 property tax increase on a home in the city valued at $100,000 and assessed at 4 percent.


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Five candidates in race for Mulvaney’s vacated seat

District 5 special election Tuesday

By Kali Coleman

Voters in the 5th Congressional District can cast absentee votes now or wait until the special election Tuesday, June 20, to replace Indian Land’s Mick Mulvaney in the U.S. House.
Mulvaney’s seat became open when President Donald Trump appointed him director of his Office of Budget and Management.
The candidates on the special election ballot will be:
◆ Libertarian Victor Kocher
◆ David Kulma with the Green Party
◆ Republican Ralph Norman
◆ Democrat Archie Parnell
◆ Josh Thornton with the American Party


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5th District candidates fire off attacks, rebuttals

Getting testy down the stretch

By Greg Summers

SCETV forum tonight
South Carolina ETV will broadcast a 5th District candidate forum at 7:30 tonight featuring Democrat Archie Parnell, Republican Ralph Norman, David Kulma of the Green Party and Josh Thornton of the American Party. The moderator is Charles Bierbauer, dean of USC’s College of Information and Communications and a former CNN correspondent.


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5th District Candidate: Josh Thornton

Party: American.
Age: 41.
Residence: Rock Hill.
Family: Wife, April. Son, Wilson.
Education: Graduated from high school in Mount Zion, Ill., in 1993.  Received bachelor’s degree in math education from Millikin University in Decatur, Ill., in 1997.
Employment: Math teacher and technology catalyst, Trinity Episcopal School in Charlotte.
Civic involvement: Volunteer, Hope Haven Inc.; Tyson’s Forest subdivision’s HOA Pool Committee.
Political experience: None.
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5th District Candidate: Archie Parnell

Party: Democrat.
Age: 66.
Residence: Sumter.
Family: Wife, Sarah. Daughters, Julia and Lydia.
Education: Graduated from Edmunds High School in Sumter in 1968. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of South Carolina in 1971 and his law degree from USC in 1974.
Employment: Retired. Worked as a senior adviser on tax law for the Wall Street financial firm Goldman Sachs.
Civic involvement: Treasurer at St. Stephen’s Chapel (Anglican), 2003-07.
Political experience: None.
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5th District Candidate: Ralph Norman

Party: Republican.
Age: 63.
Residence: Rock Hill.
Family: Elaine R. Norman, wife of 42 years, whose family is from Lancaster. They have a son, three daughters and 15 grandchildren.
Education: Graduated from Rock Hill High School in 1971. Received bachelor’s degree in business from Presbyterian College in 1975.
Employment: President, Warren Norman & Co., real estate development firm.


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5th District Candidate: David Kulma

Party: Green.
Age: 32.
Residence: Rock Hill.
Family: Wife, Kristen. Dog, Pollock.
Education: Graduated from high school in 2003. Received a bachelor’s degree in oboe performance and a master’s in music composition from Kent State University.
Employment: Adjunct professor of music, Winthrop University.
Civic involvement: None listed.
Political experience: None.
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5th District Candidate: Victor Kocher

Party: Libertarian.
Age: 54.
Residence: Columbia.
Family: Divorced, no children.
Education: Graduated from high school in 1980.
Received bachelor’s degree in business administration from West Virginia University  in 1984 and a master’s in accounting there in 1986.
Employment: Semi-retired, self-employed.
Civic involvement: Involved in church and local community groups.


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GOP candidate skips NAACP-hosted event

Opponents take shots at Norman

Kali Coleman
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Congressional hopefuls Archie Parnell, Josh Thornton and David Kulma debated key issues Friday night – and targeted absent GOP candidate Ralph Norman – at a Rock Hill candidate forum hosted by the state NAACP.
Noticeably absent from the American Values Forum was Norman, who was listed on the original press releases for the event but later canceled his appearance, citing a scheduling conflict.


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More money slated for education, pension fund

Lawmakers pass $8B state budget Tuesday

By Reece Murphy

Members of Lancaster County’s legislative delegation were in Columbia on Tuesday for a special called session of the General Assembly to approve next year’s state budget.
During the session, lawmakers considered an $8 billion general fund budget worked out last week by the six-member Conference Committee noted for funding increases for schools, including the University of South Carolina Lancaster, and the state’s pension fund.


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