Gregory wins election, will return to District 16 senate seat

The HeraldApril 12, 2011 

  • 3 vying for state Senate

    Democrat KEITH BRANN,

    50, of Fort Mill; corporate tax accountant; keithbrann.com.

    Republican GREG GREGORY,

    47, of Lancaster; president, Builders Supply Co.; retired in 2008 from the state Senate after 16 years; gregoryforsenate.com.

    Libertarian STAN SMITH,

    61, of Fort Mill; owner, Human Patterns, a consulting and software development company.

    Senate District 16

    Voters go to the polls today to elect a successor to former state Sen. Mick Mulvaney, who was elected in November to the U.S. House.

    When to vote

    Polls are open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. today. If you are standing in line at 7 p.m., you will be allowed to vote.

    Where to vote

    To see a list of polling places in York and Lancaster counties for today's special election, see page 10A.

    Who can vote

    You must already be registered to vote to cast a ballot today. Not sure if you are registered? Go to scvotes.org and click on "check your voter registration."

    Where is District 16?

    Senate District 16 includes most of Lancaster County, including Indian Land; the Fort Mill area and most of southeastern York County east of Interstate 77.

    What's next

    Today's winner could be sworn in this week in Columbia. A runoff, if necessary, will be April 26.

    More at heraldonline.com

    Read more about the candidates and The Herald's endorsement.

    After 7 tonight, see live election updates.

  • Precincts and polling places in York and Lancaster counties where voters will cast ballots today in S.C. Senate 16 special election:

    York County precincts

    Carolina - Lifepointe Christian Church, 2266 Deerfield Drive, Fort Mill

    Catawba - Catawba Chapel AME Church, 340 Hall Spencer Road, Catawba

    Doby's Bridge - Doby's Bridge Presbyterian Church, 2500 Doby's Bridge Road, Fort Mill

    Ferry Branch - Providence Baptist Church, 1947 Old Friendship Road, Rock Hill

    Fort Mill 1 - Fort Mill Town Hall, 112 Confederate St., Fort Mill

    Fort Mill 2 - Glen Rock Baptist Church, 1815 Doby's Bridge Road, Fort Mill

    Fort Mill 3 - Sisk Memorial Baptist Church, 115 Spratt St., Fort Mill

    Fort Mill 4 - Unity Presbyterian Church, 303 Tom Hall St., Fort Mill

    Fort Mill 5 - Flint Hill Fire Department, 1950 U.S. 21 Bypass, Fort Mill

    Fort Mill 6 - Church of Christ, 1055 Gold Hill Road, Fort Mill

    Friendship - Foundation AME Zion Church, 1852 Neely Store Road, Rock Hill

    Gold Hill - Grace Presbyterian Church, 2955 S.C. 160, Fort Mill

    Independence - Independence Elementary School, 132 W. Springdale Road, Rock Hill

    Lesslie - Lesslie Elementary School, 250 Neely Store Road, Rock Hill

    Nation Ford - Nation Ford High School, 1400 A.O. Jones Blvd., Fort Mill

    Neelys Creek - Catawba Baptist Church, 2639 Catawba Church Road, Rock Hill

    Orchard Park - Philadelphia United Methodist Church, 1691 S.C. 160, Fort Mill

    Pleasant Road - Real Life Assembly, 1930 Pleasant Road, Fort Mill

    Riverview - St. Philip Neri Catholic Church, 292 Munn Road, Fort Mill

    Six Mile - Providence Baptist Church, 1947 Old Friendship Road, Rock Hill

    Springfield - Unity Presbyterian Church, 303 Tom Hall St., Fort Mill

    Stateline - Faith Bible Church, 3585 Centre Circle, Fort Mill

    Steele Creek - Church of Christ, 1055 Gold Hill Road, Fort Mill

    Waterstone - Lake Wylie Lutheran Church, 2906 S.C. 160 West, Fort Mill

    Lancaster County precincts

    Antioch - Antioch Baptist Church, 3052 Taxahaw Road

    Belair - Indian Land High School, 8063 River Road

    Belair II - Indian Land Recreation Center, 8286 Charlotte Highway

    Camp Creek - Camp Creek Baptist Church, 998 Potter Road

    Carmel - New Hope Baptist Church, 2393 New Hope Road

    Chesterfield Avenue - First Baptist Church, 300 S. Market St.

    Douglas - Douglas Presbyterian Church, 2325 Sunday Place

    Dwight - Buford High School, 4290 Tabernacle Road

    Elgin - St. Luke's Methodist Church, 128 Providence Road

    Erwin Farm - Erwin Elementary School, 1477 Locustwood Ave.

    Gooch's Crossroads - South Middle School, 1551 Billings Drive

    Hyde Park - Hyde Park Baptist Church, 1898 Flat Creek Road

    Jacksonham - Mount Tabor AME Zion Church, 590 Shiloh Unity Road

    Lancaster East - Eastside Academy (Old Barr St. Cafe), 610 E. Barr St.

    Lancaster West - First Presbyterian Church, 700 N. Main St.

    Lynwood Drive - Lynnwood Methodist Church, 1753 Lynwood Drive

    Midway - Flat Creek Fire Department, 7563 Flat Creek Road. NOTE: This precinct is split between S.C. Senate District 16 and S.C. Senate District 27. To find out whether you live in District 16 and can vote in today's primary, go to scvotes.org and click on "check your voter registration."

    Pleasant Hill - Bright Light Baptist Church, 4469 Kershaw Camden Highway

    Pleasant Valley - Pleasant Hill Methodist Church, 238 Fort Mill Highway

    Pleasant Valley II - Higher Ground Church, 8365 Possum Hollow Road

    Rich Hill - Rich Hill Fire Department, 3089 Rocky River Road

    Riverside - Riverside Fire Department, 1875 Riverside Road

    Spring Hill - Spring Hill Baptist Church, 2245 Old Camden Monroe Highway

    Unity - Unity Fire Department, 2495 Shiloh Unity Road

    Van Wyck - Community Center, Old Hickory Road

    Wylie Park - The Church of the Good Shepherd, 1004 University Drive

— After three years in retirement, former S.C. Senator Greg Gregory will return to the District 16 Senate seat.

Unofficial results from Tuesday’s election showed Gregory taking 69 percent of the vote in York County. In Lancaster County, Gregory captured 80 percent of the votes.

Gregory will be on the job quickly. He has a 10 a.m. meeting scheduled in Columbia with Senator Wes Hayes (R-Rock Hill) on Wednesday morning to discuss redistricting.

He expects to officially take office on Tuesday.

“There’s no rest for the weary,” Gregory said.

Gregory will fill the vacancy left when Mick Mulvaney was elected to the U.S. House last fall. He defeated Democratic candidate Keith Brann and Libertarian candidate Stan Smith, both of Fort Mill.

Smith received 5 percent of the votes while Brann received nearly 18 percent of the votes, according to the unofficial results posted by the South Carolina State Election Commission.

“I am impressed by how soundly I was beaten,” Smith said.

Brann could not immediately be reached for comment.

Gregory also was surprised by the margin of his win.

“It was a little higher than what I had forecast,” Gregory said. “We’re certainly happy. We put together a good game plan for the 100 days we had and it worked out well for us. Nobody has ever gotten more than 43 percent of the vote against my team and I’ve been using the same team for 20 years. Nobody’s going to outwork us. So when you start with name recognition and you have a team that will outwork anyone, you can’t be beat.”

Turnout was light around the district.

At 6:45 p.m., only 96 people had voted at at Unity Presbyterian Church in Fort Mill and 114 had voted at the precinct in Fort Mill Town Hall.

Gregory previously held the S.C. Senate seat for 16 years before retiring in 2008. He returned to run for the District 16 seat after Lancaster pharmacy owner Hugh Mobley dropped out of the race citing health reasons. Gregory had endorsed Mobley.

District 16 includes most of Lancaster County, including Indian Land, parts of Fort Mill as well as Lesslie, in York County.

Gregory took an early financial lead in the 15-week campaign. In Gregory’s most recent financial disclosures to the State Ethics Commission, he reported $32,675 in donations collected.

Smith raised just over $3,000 in donation. Brann supported his own campaign with $6,000 of personal funds.

Smith said he didn't believe finances played a part in Gregory’s win.

“I think it’s history. The old south versus the new south and the old south carries the day. In this community, old ties really matter,” Smith said.

Smith wished Gregory well.

“I wish him the very best as he serves the people of the district,” Smith said.

The election will be certified on Friday, April 15.

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