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Florence Morning News (Newspaper) - June 7, 1970, Florence, South CarolinaSunday june 5, 1970 5-a Mcmillan faces three challengers in tuesday primary congressman John l. Mcmillan faces his biggest Field of challengers since his first election to Congress in the tuesday democratic primary. Going against Mcmillan in the primary Are Bill r. Craig a Hartsville attorney Olin b. Sansbury a Darl in tonian who is on leave of absence As an instructor at the University of South Carolina at Florence and or. Claud l. Stephens a negro physician from Kingstree. All Are making their first bid for Public office. Stephens has the greatest unknown Quantity in to the race with the first serious appearance of a Nego candidate in decades. He says he expects to score heavily with negro voters about a third of the District s registered vote and win sup port from what he Calls a silent minority of Whites. Many political observers in the District believe that if. Stephens scores heavily with the Black voters he could Force a Runoff and would be Likely to be in it. Mcmillan has won heavy support in past elections from Blacks. Mcmillan who was first elected to Congress in 1938, stresses the value of his seniority to the District and his position As vice chairman of the House agriculture committee. For the first time in several elections Mcmillan s position As chairman of the House District of Columbia com Mittee which has won him the nickname unofficial mayor of has drawn Little comment except that the challengers have accused him of spending too much time with d. C. Duties. The congressman told a stump meeting in Mullins that Farmers should think More than once before depriving themselves of his seniority in Congress. He said that he had stopped a move to eliminate tobacco Price supports and if he were not on the key committee they might lose them. Tobacco is a million crop in the of Mcmillan s be n r l v whittle Down its authority saving that seniority itself is vigorous representation is want a Strong voice to needed he argued to make represent them see that Congress More effective their views Are known to peo Craig is optimistic and in the Congress from pie other parts of be country. The Hartsville attorney pointed out that five of the nine District i lost bounties lost population in s feels three is a Good Chance there will be a Runoff and that he will be a participant. Stephens has promised to Bill r. Craig Hartsville attorney nine county District. Mcmillan said he has been a working congressman help 1 n g countless constituents with their problems with the government and helping localities with Federal projects. Sansbury went strongly at Olin b. Sansbury Darlington educator the incumbent at one stump meeting for a remark that he would take president Nixon s word for it that the Cam Bodian Campaign was necessary since he did not have the information the president does. Sansbury who has had his Claud Stephens Kingstree physician Campaign boosted by the first concerted drive by College students the area has seen charged that Mcmillan should have made himself informed and said the agencies Mcmillan credited with advising the president have Given some of the worst and John l. Mcmillan the incumbent vice the nation has received. He hit strongly at his youth against Mcmillan s age and said the Congress must fulfil its duties and establish new priorities for the nation and that Young leadership is needed to do it. Craig challenges the value and the 1970 census Florence county losing peo ple. Craig joined in the argument that the Congress has failed to play its american constitutional scheme of things allowing the courts and executive to tation for All of the people of the District and questions the no magic he said the people of the District value of Mcmillan s seniority. He said that he believes the three prime concerns of the voters of the District Vietnam War the Economy and the schools. Seven seek county s four House seats House races hold pee Dee spotlight with no state Senate races this year contests for the state House of representatives Are holding the local spotlight in most pee Dee counties. Incumbents Are seeking reelection All around with two incumbents and four others going after Darlington county s three House seats. In Marlboro county the incumbent is challenged by two hopefuls for one House seat. In Marion county one of two incumbents is seeking one of two seats with five 1 others in the race. Horry county has its usual involved race with three newcomers challenging four incumbents for four House seats. Dillon county has a pair of comfortable incumbents fac ing no opposition for two seats. One negro candidate is among three seeking the two Williamsburg county House seats that sees one incumbent Democrat running in the primary. The other incumbent is a Republican. In Chesterfield two incumbents face one newcomer for two House seats. In Lee county former sen. W. G. Deschamps is the Only candidate and has been declared the party nominee for the House. A three Man race including the incumbent is set up for the Clarendon county race for one seat. Darlington county reps. Malcolm Johnson and e. J. Smith Are running for new terms with George Burr Gary Byrd jr., former rep. John Gardner and Preston Warr. There Are three seats available. Rep. Paul Sansbury is step Ping Down after two terms. Smith and Johnson stress the value of their experience and Point to development within the county during their terms. Smith is finishing his second term and Johnson his first. They Point to expanded Industry and Public services including expansion of the Florence Darlington area technical education Center which was built jointly by the two counties. Burr stresses that taxes should remain constant As economic growth brings new Revenue. He also says a county water system is needed. Byrd Points to his experience As a farm and businessman and says he would help to develop a better county. Gardner who stepped Down from the House in 1966 after three terms says that taxes had increased Only one Mill from 1958 until he stepped out but have gone up 27 Mills since then. He says he would favor publishing a detailed audit of county financial affairs. Preston Warr a Farmer said he wants to be in office to oppose legislation that limit traditional freedoms and to seek new solutions for new problems. In the Only other countywide primary race incumbent commissioner s. Gordon Brown is being opposed for a Lamar area county commission seat by Franklin Bud Windham. Voting on the area office is county wide. Dillon county. Reps. W. B. Hawkins and w. J. Mcleod Are two of the happiest legislators in the area. They Are unopposed for two seats and have been declared nominees. Only countywide races Are Between incumbent Charles Hayes and Victor Berry or. For delinquent tax collector and incumbent c. D. Mccormick and challengers Jack Carter and Bill Gaddy for the Post of county Road supervisor. Marion county rep. John h. Waller or. And five others Waddell Byrd William Derrick Carlisle Jones former rep. John Kirby and b. Cecil Powers Are going after five seats. Rep. J. Malcolm Mclendon is retiring after serving 12 years. Waller winding up two terms told stump gatherings that he offers experience and youth and said business and Industrial expansion in the county during his time in office have Given new Opportunity for youth. Byrd promises Public meetings and votes before major school changes and tax increases. He now is Marion magistrate and has served As president of the magistrate s association. Derrick says More emphasis on Job Opportunity must be placed to match the state s advances in education and training keeping productive citizens at Home. Kirby promises an investigation of Auto liability insurance and says he favors keeping the county school districts As they Are now. Powers proposes division of county Industrial property taxes Between All school districts in the county on a per Pupil basis and says his service on the county Board of education make him potentially valuable to the schools As a legislator. Marlboro county rep. Edward b. Cottingham is being opposed for the Lone Marlboro county House seat by Larry Overstreet and John Rogers Iii. Cottingham is stressing his eight years of experience in the House and his position on the important ways and Means committee which writes the state budget Bill each year. He says that substantial additions to schools have been made Dur ing his service and More than new jobs created in the county in addition to paving 33 Miles of county roads this year and opening the new county Airport. Rogers says that taxes were raised unnecessarily in 1967 when the county had a surplus and the county now has an estimated surplus he says should be put into county projects. In another Marlboro county race Grace Gibson and John a. Nicholson or. Are running for county auditor. The area s Only negro legislative candidate is seek ing one of the t w o Williamsburg Blouse seats. He is Jessie Lawrence. Also run Ning Are Kingstree mayor Frank Mcgill and incumbent Ernest Carter. The other Williamsburg House member Sec pee Dee Page 8-a stump speaking turnouts have been Small in a Low key this scene shows part of turnout for Gali vants ferry stumping the first in state by Jerry morning news stuff writer political Battle lines have been drawn candidates seeking various Florence county offices although there Are no heated controversies there Are some fairly interesting races. Four seats in title soul Carolina House of representatives from Florence county Are open this As Well As a number of lower level offices including probate and Copty Council. Democrats will be the first to face the voters when they enter the primary tuesday. In the House race seven democrats three incumbents and four challengers Are vying for the party Nomina Tion in the november general elections. Senior menu of the delegation is David w Harwell a Florae attorney who has held to seat for seven years. 1s chairman of the South Carolina agricultural study com focus on second spot Belser and Morris vie in key state race by Rob Wood associated press writer Columbia South Carolina democrats will have Only three con t s t de statewide races lieutenant governor adjutant general and state comptroller in tuesday s primary election the Climax to a Dull Campaign that has had no More flare than a Home movie. Democratic party officials a Light turnout with More than of the state s registered voters participating. The republicans will have primary contests in Aiken and Richland counties to select nominees for the South Carolina House. The top race on the ballot is for lieutenant governor where state sen. Earle Morris a 41-year-old Bank r and business Man from Pickens county is Chall Leng ing state Hep. C. Heyward Bleser 51-year-old Columbia attorney and grandson of a former South Carolina governor. The adjutant general con test matches Robert l. Mccrady a political newcomer who has served in the National guard for 30 years and now holds the Post of assistant adjutant general and Francis l. Rawl a Columbia businessman and a colonel in the army. Vying for the comptroller general Are j. Henry Mills 57, now near the end of his first four year term in the Post and William Garrett of Spartanburg 50-year-old Coin and antique gun collector making his third try for a statewide office. Democrats also have con tests for 106 of the state s 124 House of representative seats and nine of the 16 solicitor ships. The candidates have appeared As in past years at stump meetings throughout the state but contrary to the past years the turnout at each was Small reflecting a Lack of interest in this primary and perhaps signal ing an end to this Type of campaigning in South Carolina. The race for lieutenant governor was a quiet one until the final Days of the Campaign when Belser sharply criticized Morris attendance record in the general Assembly. Belser accused Morris of missing 40 per cent of the Roll Call votes in the Senate during the past five years and insisted the Public is entitled to full consideration of the legislative record of a prospective Morris answered the charge by saying the difference Between the legislative records of myself and rep. A Man can achieve his pro Grams in Many ways. I have been Selling programs for Many years for people who have no Morris Sandy haired bespectacled and quiet spoken has conducted a soft sell Campaign stressing what he Calls the three r s reason restraint and a 20-year Veteran of the general Assembly Morris is widely known throughout South Carolina for his work As chairman of the joint committee on mental health and a two year stint As As chairman of the joint democratic party. Belser once Captain of the University of South Carolina boxing and Tennis teams has toured the state in an open cockpit world War ii biplane pulling behind a Streamer that reads you can believe it s Belser was a Pilot during world War ii and won the distinguished flying Cross and the air medal. The Columbia lawyer has campaigned on the theme of bringing our people together with Harmony and understanding reconciling the races and the generation into a common the contest for adjutant general has brought from of brigadier general in the tacks and has limited his National guard the state appearances to stump ment that a non nonsense approach must be taken toward Campus disorders. Mccrady has praised the National guard for its past performances and added the time has come when Force is necessary to deter some actions that have taken Rawl a Clemson University graduate and world War ii Veteran has hammered at the Point that a communication problem exists Between the National guard and citizens and has called meetings where he spun the witty yarns of his background. I be worked in a Cotton Mill and ploughed a he said recently and i m not ashamed Bank buys to Deposit bottles for the creation of advisory boards. The boards Rawl said would promote Confidence get Ween the guard and local agencies citizens one mass. Api be no out of bottles and up a each one col Naff lifer drive. Youngster and o t h e r governmental of Wattles and the Union Federal savings and the comptroller general s loan association Branch handed race has provided the most verbal fireworks from one Side. At least Over egg ,.but we have one club com ing in with said Garrett beaten previously Branch manager Jonn Dawson r Conid troller a neral and who ii a sinn so that la be two Springfield City dump trucks loaded at a Central receiving spot next the Bank for comptroller general and state treasurer has lashed out at incumbent Mills at every possible occasion. Garrett said Mills should and hauled the bottles and cans shoulder some of the blame to the dump for the drop in state Genera 1 Only youngster under 14 Reserve fund from million Zeeree permitted to take part i in 1967 to in 1970. The Roundup. And he has said that Mills Rawson said his Bank was lacks experience in the ready to pay the no matter auditing Field. What it was. Mills meanwhile has we feel that it 5 pretty Inex Belser is one of effectiveness. Mccrady who holds the rank shrugged off the Sharp at pensive advertising it s helping clean up the raw son said. Population dip in pee Dee counties May mean decreased political Power Mittee which is in charge of agricultural research in the state As Well As other projects. Thomas e. Smith or. Of Pamplico has let it be known to voters his position Asse cond vice chairman of the House judiciary committee will be important if reapportionment is in Florence county s future. Smith seeks his third Tern in the House. Florence county also another committee chairman up for re election. Charles Godwin of Lake City the youngest member of the Florence delegation who is seeking his second term As a representative Heads the e consumer Protection com Mittee. All three incumbents expound the educational Vances of Florence county pointing out the establishment of the Florence Darlington technical educational Center and Francis Marion College As products of legislative accomplishment. Campaigning has been relatively quiet with a mayor former representative a lawyer and a Telephone worker making their appeals on the basis of personal experience. Ralph Anderson jr., a Florence attorney injected some conflict into the Campaign when at a Johnsonville stump Mealing he said legislators could not take credit for the educational advances. Instead he believes the people of Florence county Are responsible for the developments. A. H. Parker an employee of Southern Bell Telephone co. For 16 years has pledged support to All people in the country but especially old people who have been forgot Olanta mayor Martin Green relies on his experience in town management and experience with Farmers businessmen and Industry As justifiable qualifications for a representative. Rounding out the challengers is former representative Odell Venters of Johnsonville. He previously Las served in the state House or eight years. Republican candidates in clude Bruce cause Alice Jerry Alva Cato and Jake minis but they will automatically enter the november election. Another interesting contest shapes up in the race for judge of probate. Here two candidates Are Basing their candidacies on experience in be office and a third on the need for a background of a. See Florence Page 8-a by Thom Anderson morning news state editor people Are continuing to leave the pee Dee we were told last week by the u. S. Census Bureau As preliminary census figures were announced for the nine area counties of the 6th congressional District. What they did t Point out was that legislators Are Leav ing too and with them political Power in Columbia. Not that legislators Are pick ing up and leaving the area. What will happen is that at least two counties probably will lose seats which will be awarded to counties that Are growing rapidly. Others Are in real danger. The 124 seats in the s. C. House of representatives Are awarded on the basis of population with an average of people per seat under the 1960 census. That figure will go up pro Bahy to at least per seat state agencies have estimated. Some think it May approach per seat. At the same time every county in the pee Dee except Florence was reported a population loser in preliminary figures. Marion and Dillon counties Are most Likely to lose seats. Their populations dropped from under for the Marion to new count. For Dillon it was Down from to Dillon s vulnerability is obvious. In the 1962 reapportionment Dillon county was next to the smallest county that retained two representatives. To show How nip and tuck it was in 1960, neighbouring Marlboro county counted and Clarendon county counted in 1960, Only to lose a seat leaving them with one. Dillon and Marion were Only slightly ahead of them keeping two. The question is just what growth counties in their Popula Tion Range grow and How Odd seats Are passed out. The procedure for apportioning seats in the s. C. Blouse is this the number of seats 124, is divided into the population of the state to get the Basic number that each member should represent. County gels a scat whether it has enough Popula Tion to meet the minimum requirement or not. That takes 40. That counties get additional seats for each full group of the Basic number in their population. That Means that if the population for each seat ideally would be a county with people would get a second seat on this step if there Are Odd sents and there always have been they arc awarded to individual counties that have the greatest population left Over after dividing the Basic number into their population. For in stance one county previously mentioned with people would have left Over see census Page 7-a the easy chair by David Rainwater one account to another. For a minute this deficit had me worried. 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