Voters head to polls to decide next Berkeley County sheriff

Voters head to polls to decide next Berkeley County sheriff

BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Voters in Berkeley County will hit the polls Tuesday as part of a special election to decide who will be their next sheriff.

Two names will appear on the ballot; however, several candidates are promoting write-in campaigns.

Republican nominee Duane Lewis, the police chief of Santee Cooper Security, and Democratic nominee Anthony Smalls, who currently works for the Sheriff's Office, will both be on the ballot.

The write-in candidates include: M.C. Bellew, the former police chief of Hanahan, former Highway Trooper Derrick Burbage, and Brian Adams, the runner-up in the Republican primary race.

Tuesday is a much awaited day, after countless campaigns, political spats and a crowded field.Sixteen people initially threw their hats in the race, 14 of them republicans.

The republican runoff in May narrowed down the race.

The special election was called after former Sheriff Wayne DeWitt stepped down in February following a December 28 arrest for drunk driving. DeWitt has since been indicted for driving under the influence, leaving the scene of an accident and failure to stop for blue lights.

Governor Nikki Haley named Butch Henerey as temporary sheriff, who has filled the void since February.

The candidate chosen in Tuesday's election will fulfill the term that expires in 2018.

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. To find your polling location click here.

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