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Candidate Profile: Les Murphy

Party: Democrat.
Age: 40.
Residence: Fort Mill.
Family: Children Alaysha and Greylin.
Education: Graduated in 1994 from Madisonville North Hopkins High School in Madisonville, Ky. Received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Phoenix in 2007 and an MBA from Walden University in 2009. Received federal veteran service officer training from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.


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Candidate Profile: Alexis Frank

Party: Democrat.
Age: 26.
Residence: Rock Hill.
Family: The Hartsville native married a Marine in 2013. He is a helicopter mechanic at Marine Corps Air Station New River, in Jacksonville, N.C. They have two children, Avery, 3, and Aliza, 7 months. Frank’s mother teaches special education at Rock Hill High School, and her brother teaches at Winthrop University.


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Candidate Profile: Sheri Few

Party: Republican.
Age: 55.
Residence: Lugoff.
Family: Daughter of a retired Air Force general. Married to Marty Few for 32 years. Four sons, one granddaughter.
Education: Woodbridge High School, Woodbridge, England. University of Maryland European Extension.
Employment: Nonprofit director, U.S. Parents Involved in Education.
Civic involvement: Kershaw County Republican Party, Citizens Against New Taxes, Eagle Forum, S.C. GOP executive committee, S.C. Baptist Convention’s 2003 E.A. McDowell Award for Christian service.


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Candidate Profile: Chad Connelly

Party: Republican.
Age: 53.
Residence: Prosperity.
Family: Wife, Dana. Children Bennett, Leigha, C.J. and Summer.
Education: Graduated from Prosperity’s Mid-Carolina High School in 1981. Received civil engineering degree from Clemson University in 1985.


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McMaster signs pension overhaul

By Greg Summers

Gov. Henry McMaster signed a controversial bipartisan pension-reform bill Tuesday that will pump money into the state pension system to ensure that state and local government retirees will get what they’ve been promised.
The S.C. House approved the bill in late February, and the state Senate approved it April 5. McMaster had until midnight Tuesday to sign the bill into law.
While the legislation does prop up the state’s in-the-hole pension plan, McMaster called it only the first step, noting that more must be done.


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Man charged with stealing campaign signs in Indian Land

By Reece Murphy

A Fort Mill man was charged April 17 after he was accused of stealing campaign signs along Doby’s Bridge Road and Fort Mill Parkway.
Scott Kodell, 51, is charged with one count of petit larceny for the Easter afternoon crime.
According to the York County Sheriff’s Office incident report, Kodell was observed stealing signs by Indian Land resident Joe St. John, campaign manager for Republican 5th District congressional candidate Tommy Pope.


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Long list of 5th District candidates drops to 14

By Greg Summers

The list of five third-party candidates seeking the 5th Congressional District seat has dropped to four.
Victor Kocher (pronounced “CO-her”) was selected as the nominee of the S.C. Libertarian Party early this month in Columbia over opponents Nathaniel Cooper and Bill Bledsoe.
The self-employed Kocher, 55, has previously sought public office several times dating back to 2008. Most recently, he ran for the S.C. House District 79 seat in 2016 and the U.S. Senate held by Lindsey Graham  in 2014.


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Sheri Few, facing better-known foes, lights lots of fuses

By Greg Summers

Sheri Few is sticking to her guns, particularly the prominent AR-15 in her most recent online political ad.
Few, one of seven Republicans running for the 5th Congressional District seat, has been the most incendiary campaigner from the start.
Friday she drew criticism for a 30-second commercial that she started airing on her website. The ad criticizes fellow Republicans Tommy Pope and Ralph Norman for voting to remove the Confederate flag from the State House grounds in 2015.


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Norman, Parnell lead fundraising in District 5 race

By Greg Summers

With nine days left before the party primaries, Republican Ralph Norman and Democrat Archie Parnell have raised the most money in the race for the state’s 5th Congressional District seat.
The two are among the 15 candidates vying to replace Mick Mulvaney, who resigned in February to become White House budget chief.


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12 of 15 candidates haggle over issues

5th District showdown

By Greg Summers

Twelve of the 15 candidates for the 5th District congressional seat had plenty to say Tuesday night, sitting elbow-to-elbow onstage in USC Lancaster’s Bundy Auditorium.
They had to choose their words carefully and quickly, given the 90-minute time limit for the Before You Vote candidate forum. That worked out to about seven minutes of talking per candidate, covering a wide variety of issues.


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