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Republican candidates vying for three Oconee County Council seats addressed a general membership meeting of the local GOP earlier this week, but none brought up the 900-pound gorilla in the room — a proposed property tax hike being considered by county government.
Unable to attend this week’s general membership meeting of Republicans in the county because they were appearing in a previously scheduled event in Anderson, the three men seeking to become the new 10th Judicial Circuit solicitor had three able and articulate women represent them before a full room at the Gignilliat Community Center.
The election of a young Pickens County Republican who has ties to the Cruz campaign as a delegate to the GOP national convention highlights the potential pitfalls awaiting Donald Trump in an open and contested floor fight in Cleveland this summer.
In any other election cycle not overshadowed by one Donald J. Trump, the race for the Democratic Party presidential nomination between former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont would likely be deemed one for the ages.
In what is shaping up to be an open and fiercely contested Republican National Convention between the pro and “anyone but” Donald Trump forces, as of yet no one from Oconee County has shown interest in being among the delegates who will choose the GOP nominee for president.
Pickens County voters will go to the polls for the June 14 primary with several races contested, including sheriff, county council, state house and state senate.
The sharp divide in American politics has been on full display during election season, as there’s been little middle ground on the campaign trail in the race for the nation’s highest office.