Politics & Government

July 11, 2014

Lexington County coroner race caps primary ballots

The Republican runoff ballot for coroner Tuesday caps a busy primary election season in Lexington County.

The Republican runoff ballot for coroner Tuesday caps a busy primary election season in Lexington County.

Deciding the match between Margaret Fisher and Brian Setree will be the fourth time in six weeks that county voters go to the polls.

County election officials predict as many as 10 percent of the county’s roughly 160,000 voters will settle the coroner showdown. Both campaigns are concerned turnout will be much lower. So far, about 800 absentee ballots have been cast.

The runoff is necessary because none of the seven candidates exceeded 50 percent of votes in the initial ballot July 1. Winning the runoff is tantamount to election Nov. 4 to the $86,000-per-year post, since no Democrat is running. The winner will serve through 2016.

Both Fisher and Setree promise to be a hands-on coroner who will emulate the compassion to grieving families for which the late Harry Harman was known.

Harman held the post for more than 37 years until his death April 18. His death happened too late to allow the race for his successor to be added to earlier ballots.

Here’s a snapshot of each candidate:

Fisher: Her backers are crossing their fingers that Gov. Nikki Haley’s surprise blessing cements victory.

Fisher’s message of medical training as a nurse – a profession she never worked in – and law enforcement experience as a Richland County deputy helped her emerge from the pack to claim a narrow first-place finish July 1.

A network of support rooted in churches – developed from her family’s role in supplying animals for religious events – may be as important as other factors.

“There’s enthusiasm out there,” Fisher campaign adviser R.J. Shealy said. “She’s trying to seal the deal.”

Setree: Haley’s rare endorsement in a local race of his opponent is an unwelcome surprise.

But Setree is banking on friendships developed as a former police officer and deputy – support that helped him finish a close second to Fisher in the first round – to triumph.

“I’m reaching out to my core group,” he said. “We’re just beating the bushes.”

Setree, a private investigator, touts his experience as a former top Harman aide and intention to assist groups that discourage drunken driving and other reckless behavior to reduce tragic deaths.

Precinct Location
Batesburg Batesburg Leisure Center, 227 Highland Ave
Mims Samaria Baptist Church, Corner of Two Notch Rd at 6560 Fairview Rd.
Pond Branch Pond Branch Activities Center, 1912 Pond Branch Rd
Boiling Springs South Boiling Springs Community Center, 2641 Calks Ferry Rd
Fairview Fairview Community Center, 2701 Fairview Rd.
Boiling Springs Boiling Springs United Methodist Church, 2373 Calks Ferry Rd
Beulah Church Beulah United Methodist Church, 161 Beulah Church Rd
Gilbert Lex County Recreation and Aging 409 Broad St
Ridge Road Ridge Road Community Center, 1257 Ridge Rd
Summit Summit Town Hall, W Hampton St
Hollow Creek Hollow Creek Community Center, 2701 Priceville Rd
Leesville Old Leesville Elementary School, 423 College St
Swansea#2 Swansea Primary School 1195 I.W. Hutto Rd
Mack Edisto Mack Edisto Community Center 944 Mack Edisto Rd
Swansea#1 Swansea High School Gym, 500 East First St - Highway 6
Gaston#1 Frances Mack Primary School, 161 Gaston St
Sharpes Hill Sharpes Hill Community Center, 2121 Sharpes Hill Rd
Chalk Hill Shiloh United Methodist Church Social Hall, 546 Gardners Terrace Rd
Gaston#2 Sandhills Middle School 582 Meadowfield Rd
Pelion #1 Forts Pond Elementary, 7350 Fish Hatchery Rd, Pelion
Pelion #2 Pelion Elementary School 1202 Pine St
Sandhills Sandhills Middle School 582 Meadowfield Rd
Sandy Run Horseneck Community Center, 121 Bub Wise Rd
Edmund #1 Edmund Community Center, 5717 Edmund Hwy
Edmund #2 Edmund First Baptist Church, 6256 Edmund Hwy, Lexington SC
Lake Murray #1 St Peters Lutheran Church, 1130 St Peters Church Rd.
Lake Murray #2 Lake Murray Fire Station, 902 Hwy 378 West.
Mount Horeb Mt Horeb United Methodist Church Life Center, 1205 Old Cherokee Rd
Lexington #2 Community Center, 104 Allen St
Lexington #3 Lexington Middle School, 702 North Lake Dr
Lexington #4 American Legion , American Legion Ave off Harmon St
Barr Road #1 Pleasant Hill Middle School, 660 Rawl Dr
Providence Church Providence Lutheran Church, 840 Old Chapin Rd
Park Road #1 St Albans Episcopal Church 403 Park Rd
Park Road #2 Providence Elementary School, 1118 Old Cherokee Rd
Round Hill Round Hill Baptist Church 230 Persimmon Ln.
Barr Rd #2 Pleasant Hill Middle School, 660 Rawl Dr
Cromer Oak Grove Civic Center, 585 Oak Dr
Pilgrim Church Pilgrim Lutheran Church Social Hall, 1430 North Lake Dr
White Knoll White Knoll Elementary School, 132 White Knoll Way
Faith Church Faith United Methodist Church, 5151 Sunset Blvd
Midway Midway Elementary School, 180 Midway Rd
Cedarcrest VFW Post 8738 424 CedarCrest Dr
Oakwood Oakwood Baptist Church 3520 Mineral Springs Rd (off Oak Drive)
Lexington #1 Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church, 5503 Sunset Blvd
Red Bank Red Bank Elementary School, 246 Community Dr
River Bluff River Bluff High School 320 Corley Mill Rd
St Davids Willow Ridge Church 104 Sycamore Tree rd
Kitty Wake Kitti Wake Baptist Church, 420 Kitti Wake Dr
Westover Providence Presbyterian Church 1112 Hummingbird Dr.
Edenwood Claude A Taylor School, 103 Ann Ln
Cayce #1 American Legion Hall, 407 Naples Ave
Cayce #2 Claude A Taylor School, 103 Ann Ln
Cayce #3 Cayce United Methodist Church Social Hall, 1600 12th St
Saluda River Our Savior Lutheran Church 1500 Sunset Blvd
West Columbia #1 Brookland United Methodist Church, 541 Meeting St
West Columbia #2 Turner Memorial AME Church, 1122 Monticello St, W Cola
West Columbia #3 West Columbia Community Center 754 "B" Ave. West Columbia
West Columbia #4 Westside Baptist Church, 2100 Platt Springs Rd
Cayce 2-A Davis Early Childhood Center for Tech, 2305 Frink St
Hook Store B C Grammar School #1, 114 Hook Ave
Congaree #1 Ebenezer Pentecostal Holiness Church Youth Center, 622 Colonial Dr
Congaree #2 American Logion Post 90 4069 Edmund Highway
Pine Ridge #1 National Guard Armory, 2779 Fish Hatchery Rd
Red Bank South #1 Saxe Gotha Elementary School, 100 Bill Williamson Ct
Pineridge #2 National Guard Armory, 2779 Fish Hatchery Rd
Red Bank South #2 Chapel of Redemption, 5181 Platt Springs Rd.
Platt Springs #1 Carolina Springs Middle 6180 Platt Springs Rd
Platt Springs #2 White Knoll High 5643 Platt Springs Rd
Carolina Springs Carolina Springs Elementary, 6340 Platt Springs Rd
Irmo Irmo Elementary School, 7401 Gibbes St.
Lincreek North Lake Fire Station, 117 Lincreek Rd
Coldstream Nursery Road Elementary School, 6706 Nursery Rd
St. Michaels St Michaels Lutheran Church, 400 River Rd
Bush River Cornerstone Presbyterian Church, 5637 Bush River Rd
Chapin Town of Chapin Town Hall, 157 NW Columbia Ave
Old Lexington Chapin Elementary School 940 Old Bush River Rd
Dreher Island St. Peters Lutheran Church 900 Dreher Island Rd
Amicks Ferry Amicks Ferry Fire Station, 960 Amicks Ferry Rd
Dutchman Shores Crossroads Fire Station, 2720 Wessinger Rd
Springdale Springdale Baptist Church, 357 Wattling rd
Springdale South Platt Springs United Methodist Church 3215 Platt Springs Rd.
Old Barnwell Rd National Guard Armory, 3528 Platt Springs Rd
Mount Hebron Mt Hebron 3050 Leaphart Road West Columbia,
Pineview Pineview Elementary School, 3035 Leaphart Rd
Leaphart Road Pine View Baptist Church 3010 Leaphart Rd
Quail Hollow Gold Cross Ambulance, 3275 Sunset Blvd, West Cola Next to Saluda River Baptist
Emmanuel Church Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 2491 Emmanuel Church Rd
Grenadier Seven Oaks Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 530 St Andrews Rd
Woodland Hills Seven Oaks Elementary School, 2800 Ashland Rd
Gardendale Christian Life Assembly 2700 Bush River Rd.
Challedon Leaphart Elementary School, 120 Piney Grove Rd
Whitehall Seven Oaks Park, 200 Leisure Ln
Seven Oaks Irmo High School, 6771 St Andrews Rd
Quail Valley Irmo Elementary School, 7401 Gibbes St.
Murraywood Irmo Elementary School, 7401 Gibbes St.

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