Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Incumbent John Courson receives 60 percent of votes.
Republican Sen. John Courson is leading his Democratic opponent Robert Rikard. With 27 of 28 precincts reporting, Courson won with 60 percent (16,617) and Rikard had 38 percent (10,279). Green Party candidate Scott West received 3 percent (899). Rikard, a lawyer at the Columbia firm Rikard & Protopapas, LLC, was the first Democrat to compete for the seat in 12 years. Courson has held the seat for 27 years and is the Senate president pro tempore.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
The choices facing voters in and around St. Andrews.
Updated results: If you don't see results above, click this link. Today is Election Day. St. Andrews-area voters face a slew of choices. Here’s a look at what to expect: Note sure where to vote? Click HERE. Be sure to "like" us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for the most up-to-date posts. When you’re done voting, simply leave it right here throughout the day as Patch will provide minute-by-minute updates for the races that matter to you. Track state and federal races HERE. "Do you want us to keep you posted on today's election results? No problem! Click here to sign up for St. Andrews Patch's breaking news alerts and newsletter. We'll keep you in the loop today, and we'll send complete election results to your inbox tomorrow morning…
Monday, October 1, 2012
Democrat endorses Republican.
Less than a week after an ad by the South Carolina Democratic Party showed him asleep in the State House, Senate President Pro Tem and incumbent Republican John Courson was endorsed by Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott, who is a Democrat. The endorsement came in a mailer sent out to constituents (see attached photo). The South Carolina Democratic Party issued the following response to the endorsement: "The citizens of Richland County are saddened to see their chief law enforcement officer playing politics when he should be fighting crime. It’s even more astounding that just two months ago he accepted a $24,000 appointment from the Senator he now chooses to endorse. Voters in John Courson’s district see the pattern of Courson using …
Thursday, September 27, 2012
In a mailing by the South Carolina Democratic Party, Sen. John Courson is shown sleeping.
A mailing by the S.C. Democratic Party showing Republican state Sen. John Courson (District 20) asleep in the Statehouse chamber is being called "gutter politics at their worst" tonight. Courson, who is facing a Democratic challenger in Robert Rikard for the first time in 12 years, missed several big votes, according to the back of the mailer. But it's the photo on the front, taken by outgoing Democratic state Rep. Boyd Brown of Fairfield County, of Courson asleep that's getting the most reaction. "This recent mailer is gutter politics at their worst," said SCGOP executive director Matt Moore in a statement. "Voters in Senate District 20 know better. Robert Rikard and Dick Harpootlian have made careers out of suing small businesses. John …
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Robert Rikard will face Norman Jackson in the Democratic primary for state Senate District 20, which covers parts of St. Andrews and Irmo.
With the June 12 primary less than a week away, Patch will be profiling candidates on the ballot for St. Andrews and Irmo voters. Today, we'll take a look at Robert Rikard, one of two Democratic candidates for state Senate District 20. If Rikard wins the primary he'll face Republican incumbent Sen. John Courson in the November general election. Read the profile of Rikard's opponent, Norman Jackson. If you want to meet the candidates in person before the primary, head to their forum at St. Andrews Middle School Thursday. Name: Robert Rikard Age: 40 Occupation: attorney Prior political experience: working on campaigns Family: three sons Education: bachelor’s and law degrees from USC Website: http://www.rikard4senate.com/ Why are you …
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Norman Jackson will face Robert Rikard in the Democratic primary for state Senate District 20, which covers parts of St. Andrews and Irmo.
With the June 12 primary less than a week away, Patch will be profiling candidates on the ballot for St. Andrews and Irmo voters. Today, we'll take a look at Richland County Councilman Norman Jackson, one of two Democratic candidates for state Senate District 20. If Jackson wins the primary he'll face Republican incumbent Sen. John Courson in the November general election. Read the profile of Jackson's opponent, Robert Rikard. If you want to meet the candidates in person before the primary, head to their forum at St. Andrews Middle School Thursday. Name: Norman Jackson Age: 57 Occupation: engineer, transportation planner Prior political experience: Richland County planning commissioner, member of Richland County Council for six years …
Monday, June 4, 2012
The two candidates competing for the Democratic nomination for the Senate seat will be at a forum for residents at St. Andrews Middle School Thursday.
Residents will have a chance to meet the two Democratic candidates for state Senate District 20 Thursday. Robert Rikard and Norman Jackson will be at a forum from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday at St. Andrews Middle School. "We're going to have everyone come out and meet them," said Paulette Ledbetter, a member of the Richland County Democrats and an executive committee person for the St. Andrews precinct. "We want people to come out, ask questions and find out whatever they need to know to decide who to vote for." Rikard and Jackson are competing for the Democratic nomination for the Senate District 20 seat. The winner of the June 12 primary will face Republican incumbent Sen. John Courson in the general election in November. District 20 covers …
Sunday, June 3, 2012
State Senate District 20 candidate Robert Rikard met with residents at Seven Oaks Park Sunday afternoon.
Residents met with state Senate District 20 candidate Robert Rikard Sunday afternoon for a barbecue at Seven Oaks Park. Rikard, who is one of two Democratic candidates for the seat, will face Richland County Councilman Norman Jackson in the June 12 primary. The winner will compete with Republican incumbent John Courson in the general election. District 20 covers parts of downtown Columbia, Irmo and St. Andrews. The race between Rikard and Jackson is the only contested one on the primary ballot for St. Andrews voters. Irmo voters will see more races on the ballot. View the complete list of who's running in the June 12 primary for Irmo voters here.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
A first-time candidate is challenging Republican John Courson in District 20.
Columbia attorney Robert Rikard is running for State Senate District 20 — the first Democrat to compete for the seat in 12 years. Rikard is challenging Sen. John E. Courson, who has held the seat for 27 years and was recently elected Senate president pro tempore after Glenn McConnell took the lieutenant governor position. Rikard, who is a lawyer at the Columbia firm Rikard & Protopapas, LLC, has raised close to $65,000 for his campaign, not including a $25,000 loan, according to his state ethics report. “It is time for a change in the South Carolina State House,” Rikard said in a release. “With hard work, new ideas, and with the support of the people in District 20, we can build a better South Carolina together. The only way to move our …