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South Carolina down ballot state executive elections, 2014

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South Carolina Down Ballot State Executive Elections

Primary Date
June 10, 2014

General Election Date:
November 4, 2014

South Carolina State Executive Elections
Top Ballot
GovernorLt. GovernorSecretary of StateAttorney General
Down Ballot
Treasurer, Comptroller, Superintendent of Education, Commissioner of Agriculture, Adjutant General

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Five down ballot state executive positions are up for election in the state of South Carolina in 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014.

South Carolina is one of 14 states that uses an open primary system, in which registered voters do not have to be members of a party to vote in that party's primary.[1][2][3]

Office Incumbent Assumed Office Incumbent running?
Treasurer Curtis Loftis, Jr.
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2011 Yes
Comptroller General Richard Eckstrom
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2002 Undeclared
Superintendent of Education Mick Zais
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2011 No
Commissioner of Agriculture Hugh Weathers
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2005 Yes
Adjutant General Robert E. Livingston, Jr.
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2011 Yes

Key deadlines

Deadline Event
March 30 Primary and convention filing deadline[4]
June 10 Primary election
August 15 Filing deadline for petition and nonpartisan candidates
November 4 General election

Treasurer

Current incumbent

Republican Party Curtis Loftis, Jr. - running

Candidates

Defeated in primary

Results

South Carolina Treasurer, Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngCurtis Loftis, Jr. 62.8% 172,948
Brian Adams 37.2% 102,295
Total Votes 275,243
Election Results Via:South Carolina Unofficial Election Results.

Duties

The treasurer is the chief banker of the state of South Carolina, responsible for the investment, cash management, and safekeeping of the state's general and restricted funds and assets of the state's retirement systems.[6]

The treasurer is a member of the following state boards and commissions:

  • State Budget & Control Board
  • South Carolina Retirement System Investment Commission
  • State Board of Financial Institutions
  • South Carolina Tobacco Authority
  • South Carolina Education Authority

Comptroller

Current incumbent

Republican Party Richard Eckstrom - running[5]

Candidates

Withdrawn

Duties

The mission of the Comptroller General's office is to "Serve the Legislature, Judiciary, Executive offices, state agencies, and the citizens of South Carolina by providing centralized payroll and vendor payment processing and centralized accounting and reporting of financial data in accordance with the statewide program budget structure mandated by the General Assembly and in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP)."[8]

The main duties of the office include:

  • supervising the state's spending
  • keeping the state's books
  • maintaining accounting controls over state agencies
  • processing all payrolls for state employees, vouchers for bills owed by the state and interdepartmental payments between state agencies

Superintendent

Current incumbent

Republican Party Mick Zais - not running

Candidates

Defeated in primary or runoff

Withdrawn

Results

Runoff results

South Carolina Superintendent of Education, Republican Runoff, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Sally Atwater 42.8% 57,385
Green check mark transparent.pngMolly Mitchell Spearman 57.2% 76,537
Total Votes 133,922
Election Results Via:South Carolina State Election Commission Unofficial Runoff Results.
South Carolina Superintendent of Education, Democratic Runoff, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Sheila Gallagher 40.9% 16,244
Green check mark transparent.pngTom Thompson 59.1% 23,506
Total Votes 39,750
Election Results Via:South Carolina State Election Commission Unofficial Runoff Results.

Primary results

South Carolina Superintendent, Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Gary Burgess 10.7% 30,840
Sheri Few 19.3% 55,649
Amy Cofield 7.2% 20,611
Green check mark transparent.pngSally Atwater 22% 63,150
Charmeka Childs 6.7% 19,255
Don Jordan 5.6% 16,183
Green check mark transparent.pngMolly Mitchell Spearman 22.5% 64,657
Elizabeth Moffly 6% 17,294
Total Votes 287,639
Election Results Via:South Carolina Unofficial Election Results.
South Carolina Superintendent, Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Montrio Belton 18.4% 21,260
Green check mark transparent.pngSheila Gallagher 36.4% 42,186
Jerry Govan 18.9% 21,824
Green check mark transparent.pngTom Thompson 26.3% 30,488
Total Votes 115,758
Election Results Via:South Carolina Unofficial Election Results.


Agriculture Commissioner

Current incumbent

Republican Party Hugh Weathers - running[9]

Candidates

Defeated in primary

Results

South Carolina Agriculture Commissioner, Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngHugh Weathers 65.7% 178,840
Joe Farmer 34.3% 93,472
Total Votes 272,312
Election Results Via:South Carolina Unofficial Election Results.

Duties

State law sets out three main duties of the Commissioner:[20]

  • (1) Be charged with all work looking to the promotion of agriculture and cattle raising, including the collection and publication of information in regard to localities, character, accessibility, cost and modes of utilization of soils and, more specifically, the inducement of capital to invest in agriculture and cattle raising by the dissemination of information relative to the advantages of soil and climate and other natural resources of the State;
  • (2) Collect from the farmers and landowners of the State and list information as to lands, stating the number of acres, the location and the terms upon which they may be bought; and
  • (3) Keep a land registry and in connection therewith from time to time issue a publication descriptive of such listed agricultural, forest and trucking lands as may be offered to the Department for sale or share, such publication to be in an attractive form, setting forth the county, township, number of acres, names and addresses of owners and such other information as may be helpful in placing inquiring homeseekers in communication with the landowners.[20]

Adjutant General

Current incumbent

Republican Party Robert E. Livingston, Jr. - running

Candidates

Republican Party Robert E. Livingston, Jr. - Incumbent

Defeated in primary

Republican Party James Breazeale[9]

Results

South Carolina Adjutant General, Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRobert E. Livingston, Jr. 75.9% 201,410
James Breazeale 24.1% 64,071
Total Votes 265,481
Election Results Via:South Carolina Unofficial Election Results.

Duties

The Adjutant General serves as head of the Military Department of the state, and is in charge of the South Carolina Army and Air National Guard, Emergency Management Division, the State Guard, Youth Challenge, and AmeriCorps.

See also

References

  1. National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
  2. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
  3. Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013 through January 3, 2014 researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
  4. Souith Carolina Election Commission, "2014 Election Calendar," January 8, 2014
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 5.7 5.8 South Carolina Election Commission, "Candidate Tracking," March 31, 2014
  6. Treasurer.SC.gov, "Meet the treasurer," accessed October 13, 2011
  7. 7.0 7.1 The State, "ELECTION 2014 (updated): Who's filed for statewide, State House, Congressional offices," March 27, 2014
  8. Cg.SC.gov, "Office of the Comptroller General: Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Accountability Report (page 4)," accessed October 13, 2011
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 9.6 South Carolina Election Commission, "Candidate Tracking," March 27, 2014
  10. The Island Packet, "Former Zais employee to seek Democratic nomination for state schools chief," September 23, 2013
  11. WISTV, "Another Republican announces run for SC Education Superintendent," January 22, 2014
  12. WISTV, "2nd Republican jumps into SC superintendent's race," January 22, 2014
  13. The Post and Courier, "Another contender jumps into the race for Superintendent of Education," February 7, 2014
  14. GoUpstate, "Mick Zais' deputy to enter GOP race," February 7, 2014
  15. The State, "Exclusive: Sally Atwater, widow of GOP operative, to run for SC education chief," February 7, 2014
  16. South Carolina Radio Network, "Upstate lawmaker Anthony to run for State Education Superintendent," August 14, 2013
  17. The State, "ELECTION 2014: State Rep. Mike Anthony drops out of race for state schools chief," March 13, 2014
  18. WISTV, "Rep. Patrick running for state superintendent," January 22, 2014
  19. The Post and Courier, "Rep. Patrick ends his race for S.C. education superintendent," January 28, 2014
  20. 20.0 20.1 South Carolina Code of Laws, " Title 46, Chapter 3," accessed January 18, 2013