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Chester County voters at polls again to pick supervisor

Voters in Chester County go to the polls Tuesday to elect a county supervisor for the second time in four months.

Voters in Chester County go to the polls Tuesday to elect a county supervisor for the second time in four months.

Incumbent Democrat Carlisle Roddey and petition challenger Shane Stuart will face off once again in a rematch of a race that was thrown out after polling irregularities last Election Day.

Roddey has held the county’s top administrative post for nearly 30 years. In November, he won a ninth term in office. Stuart, a former law enforcement officer, had collected enough signatures to run as Roddey’s only challenger in the general election. Stuart came within a couple hundred votes of defeating Roddey. He then appealed to the South Carolina Election Commission; in December, the commission ordered the election be held again.

Roddey touts the growth of the county under his leadership, crediting economic development and new industry like the soon-to-be-completed Giti Tire plant with a falling unemployment rate in Chester County. Stuart says his close loss in November shows plenty of voters want to see a change in how the county is run.

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The winner is expected to start a fresh term next week, as soon as the vote totals are certified.

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