On Tuesday, the citizens in District 4 will choose between two candidates, Jennifer Garrett and Brown Patterson, to succeed Stewart Jones on Laurens County Council.
The seat came open when Jones was elected to the S.C. House of Representatives on April 23.
The race is a Republican primary, but the winner will be the presumed winner of the Sept. 10 general election because no Democrats filed. With two candidates, the only way a runoff would be required would be if Garrett and Patterson tied on Tuesday.
If elected, Patterson has promised an open line to the citizens of the district, which wraps around Garrett McDaniel’s District 3 in the city of Laurens and extends southward to the outskirts of Waterloo and eastward, south of U.S. 76, to the edge of Clinton.
Both candidates promise to work with the county’s legislative delegation for assistance from the legislature in Columbia, to adhere to Jones’ doctrine of transparency and accountability and to study limited land-use planning to balance the need for new industry with the rights of farmers and other property owners.
Garrett says the county’s biggest challenge is attracting industry.
The following precincts will be open to serve voters in District 4: Laurens 1, Laurens 3, Laurens 4, Laurens 5, Laurens 6, Bailey, Trinity Ridge, Wattsville, Maddens, Lydia Mill, Mountville, Long Branch,, Waterloo, Ekom, Mt. Olive and Hickory Tavern.