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  • Lancaster County Probate Judge: Crystal Johnson

    ◆ Party: Democrat.
    ◆ Age: 54.
    ◆ Family:  Husband, Bart Johnson. Daughters, Amber and Jade, and two grandchildren.
    ◆ Education: Associate degree in science from USC Lancaster.
    ◆ Occupation:  Customer service representative, Springs Global, US.
    ◆ Political experience:  None.
    ◆ Top issues:

  • Lancaster County Probate Judge: Dee Studebaker

    ◆ Party: Republican.
    ◆ Age: 51.
    ◆ Family: Married to Tim Studebaker. A son in college and a son in high school.
    ◆ Education: Bachelor’s degree in communication, University of Arkansas, 1990. Law degree, University of Arkansas, 1993.
    ◆ Occupation: Associate probate judge, small-business owner, artist and attorney.
    ◆ Top issues:

  • Mayor, City of Lancaster: Alston DeVenny

    ◆ Age: 56.
    ◆ Family: Wife, Susan; children, Miller, Sarah Katherine, Emma, Mary Alston.
    ◆ Education: S.C. public schools. Bachelor’s degree in urban studies, Furman University. Law degree, University of South Carolina.
    ◆ Occupation:  Attorney with Folks & DeVenny.
    ◆ Political experience: Mayor of Lancaster, July 2018 to present. Lancaster County Council, 1998-2006, and council chairman, 2004-06.
    ◆ Top issues:

  • Lancaster County School Board District 7: Ken Buck

    ◆ Age: 56.
    ◆ Family: Wife, Jill; son Ryan, 9, and daughter Aubrey, 6.
    ◆ Education: Bachelor’s degree in education from Clemson University, master’s degree in education leadership and administration from Grand Canyon University.
    ◆ Occupation: Retired teacher and administrator/education consultant.     
    ◆ Political Experience: First run for political office.
    ◆ Top issues:

  • Lancaster County School Board District 7: Chris Campbell

    ◆ Age:  52.
    ◆ Family: Wife, Jennifer; two children, Peter, 15, and Patrick, 13.
    ◆ Education: Bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of North Carolina.
    ◆ Occupation: Technology project manager.
    ◆ Employer: FIS Global.
    ◆ Political experience: None; I am not a politician and typically stay away from politics.
    ◆ Top issues:

  • Lancaster County School Board District 5: Janice C. Dabney

    ◆ Age: 71.
    ◆ Family: Husband, Tommy Dabney; daughter, Pamela Trimnal; son, Alex Dabney.
    ◆ Education: Attended USCL for two years.
    ◆ Occupation: Retired CEO, Springs Memorial Hospital.
    ◆ Political experience: School board member for 18 years.
    ◆ Top issues:
    – Managing rapid population growth in the northern part of the county.
    – Addressing teacher concerns: pay, professional development, classroom disruptions, workload, retention, smaller student-teacher ratios.

  • Lancaster County School Board District 5: Melissa Jones-Horton

    ◆ Age: 52.
    ◆ Family: Husband, Douglas Horton; son, Kendrick Jones; daughter, Makina Horton.
    ◆ Education: Lancaster High School, Simmons Beauty College.
    ◆ Occupation: Educator, business owner.
    ◆ Political experience: None.
    ◆ Top issues:
    To me, the biggest issues facing the school district are the dropout rate, the lack of partnerships and fair pay for our teachers and staff.
    ◆ How do you intend to deal with those issues?

  • Lancaster County School District Board District 3: Bobby Parker

    ◆ Age: 59.
    ◆ Family: Married to Heidi Parker. Two daughters, Sara Morris  and Anna Parker.
    ◆ Education: Associates degree in science, USC Lancaster.
    ◆ Occupation: Allstate insurance sales.
    ◆ Political experience: Sixteen years on Lancaster County Board of Education. Chairman for nine years.
    ◆ What do you see as the biggest issues facing Lancaster County?
    – The increasing population in the northern part of the county.
    – Continuing to address school safety.
    ◆ How do you intend to deal with those issues?

  • Lancaster County School District Board District 3: John Mahaffey

    ◆ Age: 60.
    ◆ Family: Wife, Barbara.
    ◆ Education: Graduated from Buford High School in 1976. Associate degree, York Tech, 1977.
    ◆ Occupation: Co-owner, Mahaffey’s Used Cars and Parts Inc. Retired teacher, Buford High.
    ◆ Political experience: None.
    ◆ Top issues:
    – Building schools on time. No school should be built with a flat top. Building should be built as originally planned.
    – Teachers are overworked and underpaid.
    ◆ How do you intend to deal with those issues?

  • S.C. House District 45: Brandon Newton

    ◆ Party: Republican
    ◆ Age: 24
    ◆ Family info: Married to Allison Newton, a registered nurse. Son of Danny and Donna Newton.
    ◆ Education: Lancaster High graduate. Associate degree in business, USC Lancaster. Bachelor’s degrees in organizational leadership and liberal studies, University of South Carolina.
    ◆ Occupation: Outreach Associate, University of South Carolina Lancaster