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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

Table of contents
Superintendent of Education
Agriculture Commissioner
Adjutant General
Key deadlines
Recent news
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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? General Election Candidates 2015 Winner Partisan Switch?
Treasurer Curtis Loftis, Jr.
Curtis Loftis.jpg
2011 Yes Republican Party Curtis Loftis, Jr. Republican Party Curtis Loftis, Jr. No
Comptroller General Richard Eckstrom
Richard Eckstrom.jpg
2002 Yes Republican Party Richard Eckstrom
Democratic Party Kyle Herbert
Republican Party Richard Eckstrom No
Superintendent of Education Mick Zais
Mick Zais.jpg
2011 No Republican Party Molly Mitchell Spearman
Democratic Party Tom Thompson
Independent Ed Murray
Republican Party Molly Mitchell Spearman No
Commissioner of Agriculture Hugh Weathers
Hugh Weathers.jpg
2005 Yes Republican Party Hugh Weathers
Independent David Edmond
Independent Emile DeFelice
Republican Party Hugh Weathers No
Adjutant General Robert E. Livingston, Jr.
Robert Livingston.jpg
2011 Yes Republican Party Robert E. Livingston, Jr. Republican Party Robert E. Livingston, Jr. No

Key deadlines

Deadline Event
March 30, 2014 Primary and convention filing deadline[4]
June 10, 2014 Primary election
August 15, 2014 Filing deadline for petition and nonpartisan candidates
November 4, 2014 General election
January 14, 2015 Inauguration for state executives


Current incumbent

Republican Party Curtis Loftis, Jr.


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.[5]

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


Current incumbent

Republican Party Richard Eckstrom


Republican Party Michael Luppe Democratic Party Kyle Herbert[6]


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)."[7]

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


Current incumbent

Republican Party Mick Zais - not running




Agriculture Commissioner

Current incumbent

Republican Party Hugh Weathers


State law sets out three main duties of the Commissioner:[17]

  • (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.[17]

Adjutant General

Current incumbent

Republican Party Robert E. Livingston, Jr. - running


Republican Party James Breazeale[18]


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


  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. Treasurer.SC.gov, "Meet the treasurer," accessed October 13, 2011
  6. The State, "ELECTION 2014 (updated): Who's filed for statewide, State House, Congressional offices," March 27, 2014
  7. Cg.SC.gov, "Office of the Comptroller General: Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Accountability Report (page 4)," retrieved October 13, 2011
  8. The Island Packet, "Former Zais employee to seek Democratic nomination for state schools chief," September 23, 2013
  9. WISTV, "Rep. Patrick running for state superintendent," January 22, 2014
  10. WISTV, "Another Republican announces run for SC Education Superintendent," January 22, 2014
  11. WISTV, "2nd Republican jumps into SC superintendent's race," January 22, 2014
  12. The Post and Courier, "Another contender jumps into the race for Superintendent of Education," February 7, 2014
  13. The State, "Exclusive: Sally Atwater, widow of GOP operative, to run for SC education chief," February 7, 2014
  14. GoUpstate, "Mick Zais' deputy to enter GOP race," February 7, 2014
  15. South Carolina Radio Network, "Upstate lawmaker Anthony to run for State Education Superintendent," August 14, 2013
  16. The State, "ELECTION 2014: State Rep. Mike Anthony drops out of race for state schools chief," March 13, 2014
  17. 17.0 17.1 South Carolina Code of Laws, " Title 46, Chapter 3," accessed January 18, 2013
  18. South Carolina Election Commission, "Candidate Tracking," March 27, 2014