Wednesday, January 22, 2014
The filing date for the special election to fill the vacant District 9 Berkeley County School Board seat of Scott Marino has been set.
According to the Berkeley County Board of Elections, the filing date begins at noon on Friday, Jan. 24 for those interested in running for the empty school board seat. Filing ends at noon on Feb. 3.
The special election to fill the District 9 seat has been scheduled for April 8.
Adam Hammons is the Berkeley County Board of Elections Director. “Interested candidates can’t file before noon on Friday,” he noted.
Hammons also said that voters wishing to participate in the April 8 election for the District 9 school board seat must be a registered voter, and those who have not yet registered to vote must do so by Friday, March 7.
“If you have not registered to vote, you must be registered by March 7 in order to vote in this special election,” Hammons said.
Marino, who worked for Santee Cooper, resigned his board position effective at the end of 2013 to accept a job in Texas and has since moved out of the state. Marino ran unopposed in 2011 to fill the seat vacated by his mother. Donna Marino.
In a statement read by Marino during the BCSD’s Nov. 12, 2013 school board meeting, Marino thanked his constituents for their confidence in electing him to the board.
“I want to thank the voters of District 9 for giving me this opportunity and to thank all of the hard working employees in this district that have made being a Trustee an honor,” Marino said.
In the November meeting, BCSD School Board Chairman Kent Murray thanked Marino for his service to Berkeley County Schools: “We wish Scott and his family well in their future and we thank him for his service to the Berkeley County School Board.”
According to Section 7-13-190 of the South Carolina Code of Laws, “Whenever a vacancy occurs in office by reason of death, resignation, or removal and the vacancy in office is one which is filled by a special election to complete the term of office, this section applies.”
The special election will fill the remainder of Marino’s unexpired term, which runs until Dec. 31, 2016.
The April 8, 2014 election date, according to SC Code of Laws is “the thirteenth Tuesday after the vacancy occurs.”
The school district last held a special election in 2008 after District 2 representative Dan Kingsbury moved.