Mayor’s seat, 2 council seats open for November election

BLYTHEWOOD – Three seats on Blythewood Town Council will be on the town’s election ballot Nov. 5 – two council seats and the mayor’s seat.

Because the mayor’s seat has term limits, Mayor J. Michael Ross will not seek re-election.

Councilman Eddie Baughman told The Voice that he will be seeking re-election. Councilman Malcolm Gordge, whose term is also up, said he will campaign to become the town’s next mayor.

Whether running for a seat or voting for one, the following is information residents need to know to participate in the Nov. 5 town election.

Filings for seats open at noon on Aug. 22 at Town Hall. Because Blythewood is not districted, the town’s candidates are at-large. Candidates will file by Statement of Candidacy.

Filings close at noon, Sept. 6. Candidates must file Statements of Economic Interests electronically with the State Ethics Commission and paper copies with the Blythewood Town Clerk by 5 p.m. that day. Candidates are certified by the Richland County Election Commission.

For residents who plan to vote in the November election, Oct. 5 is the last day to register to vote in person (9 a.m. – 12 p.m.) Oct. 6 is the last day to register to vote by fax/online (until 11:59 p.m.) Oct. 7 is the last day for a by-mail registration to be postmarked.

Oct. 7 is also the day absentee ballots are available at Richland County Voter Registration office.

The general election is held on Nov. 5. Winners are determined by non-partisan plurality method.

For information call Blythewood Town Hall at 803-754-0501 or the Richland County Election Commission/Voter Registration at 803-929-6000.