BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Berkeley County citizens will have their chance to narrow down the number of candidates running to become the next sheriff of Berkeley County later this month.
The primary election for the next Berkeley County sheriff will be held April 21. If a runoff is necessary, voters will return to the polls on May 5.
According to the South Carolina State Election Commission, the following 15 candidates filed to run for sheriff by the March 2 deadline. A 16th candidate filed as a petition candidate
- Brian Adams
- Robert J. Bittner
- Omar Brown
- Chad Caldwell
- Calvitt Chab Clarke
- Ricky Driggers
- Frank Fuda
- Marty Housand
- Dan Isgett
- Duane Lewis
- Jerry Merrithew
- Rick Ollic
- Will Rogers
- Anthony Smalls
- John Waters
Berkeley County Election Commission officials say a 16th candidate, Derrick Burbage, filed as a petition candidate. His name will not appear on the primary or runoff ballots. Burbage would be required to get signatures of at least five percent of Berkeley County's registered voters by April 10 for his name to appear on the final ballot.
Following the primary, voters will then elect the next sheriff of Berkeley County on June 9.
On Feb. 20, Interim Sheriff C.W. "Butch" Henerey was sworn in to serve until a June election decides the race.
Henerey's appointment by Gov. Nikki Haley came after longtime sheriff Wayne DeWitt resigned on Feb. 4 after his indictment on charges of driving under the influence, leaving the scene of an accident and failing to stop for a blue light in a Dec. 28 incident.
DeWitt served as sheriff of the county for 20 years.