Reginald Robinson ineligible to run for council

WINNSBORO – After filing to run for county council in District 5, Reginald Robinson was notified by the Voter Registration office that he did not meet the number of petition signatures required to file for office.

Robinson needed 109 signatures of registered voters in his district and turned in 129 signatures. But 38 of those signatures were not valid, leaving Robinson with only 91 qualifying signatures – 17 shy of the requirement.

County Councilman Douglas Pauley is running for re-election in District 5 and turned in the required number of qualifying signatures, as did challenger Kirk Chappell who was drawn into the edge of District 5 during the recent realignment of the voting districts.

Petition Write-in Candidates

Two other candidates were required to turn in petitions to enable them to run for elected office – Frank  Johnson and Talia Harper-Seals. Johnson is running against current Fairfield County Finance Director Anne Bass for the office of Tax Assessor, and Harper-Seals is running for the office of Probate Judge against current Fairfield County Human Resources Director Brad Caulder. Neither Johnson nor Harper-Seals filed in time to be on the ballot, causing them each to have to gather 783 petition signatures to be eligible to run for office.

Harper-Seals gathered 784 qualifying signatures, and Johnson gathered 816 qualifying signatures.

To vote in the Nov. 8 election, eligible voters must register in person by Sunday, Oct. 9, 2022.

Mail-in voter registration must be postmarked by Tuesday, Oct. 11.

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