District 19 polls open Tuesday for primary

The eight precincts in District 19 will open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Tuesday for the Democratic County Council primary, party officials said.

“The odds are the turnout will be low. But with four candidates out campaigning, that ought to help generate some interest in that community,” County Democratic Chairman Billy Webster said.

The candidates include former County Councilwoman Sally Crumley, Monaview Elementary Principal Jim Patterson, retired Southern Bell technician Garl Revis, and Mike Hart, an outside representative for Just VCRs.

Meanwhile, there will be no primary for the Republicans because only one Republican candidate, Tom Boone, filed, Greenville County GOP Chairman Joey Hudson said.

Webster said he is pleased with how the four candidates have handled themselves in the primary.

“It has been a relatively low-key, issue-oriented and dignified campaign. Everybody has stuck to the issues. I’m real proud and I think all the candidates are real proud of how the campaign has gone so far.”

Webster said the two top vote getters will face a runoff unless one candidate corners more than 50 percent of the vote. The runoff would be held on Oct. 3, if needed.

“It certainly would not be an overwhelming surprise if there were not a runoff, but there probably will be,” he said.

The ballots will be counted at Webster’s Carabo Inc. offices on Toy Street in Greenville, he said.

District 19 includes the Berea and Furman University areas, but also includes several smaller neighborhoods on the west side of the city of Greenville.

The winner of the Democratic primary will face Boone in the special election on Nov. 7, which was scheduled this summer when County Councilman Skip Goldsmith resigned.