Richland legislators call Thursday meeting to interview elections board applicants

dhinshaw@thestate.comMay 6, 2014 

— A committee of Richland legislators meets Thursday to nominate five members for the county Elections Board.

Rep. Jimmy Bales, D-Richland, chairman of the delegation appointments committee, said he expects the group to interview 25 to 30 candidates and to submit five names to the full delegation for consideration.

The committee meets at 1 p.m. in Room 427 of the Blatt Building, 1105 Pendleton St., according to a news release by the Richland County legislative delegation office.

Bales said members of the delegation staff, James Brown and Kim Janha, had winnowed the list from 51 applicants to the most qualified, eliminating people who hadn’t voted recently, for example.

The committee will rank the applicants to come up with five nominees to forward to the full, 16-member delegation, Bales said. The delegation is not bound by committee recommendations.

At least two current members of the elections board, Adell Adams and Elaine DuBose, are seeking reappointment. Bales said he was uncertain whether the chairman, Allen Dowdy, wanted to retain his position.

Recent calls to Dowdy have gone unreturned.

Bales said it’s his understanding the three incumbents would be eligible for reappointment, though he was quick to note that would be a decision of the entire delegation.

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