Spartanburg House Race Update – District 35

January 22, 2010 by  
Filed under SC Politics

The Race for House District 35 could provide some fireworks, then again, it may provide zero fireworks.  Looking at the current fund raising totals, I was not thoroughly impressed.

The biggest note of this race could end up being the huge legislative delegation issue that existed for several months.  Kelly was elected vice-chairman of the delegation and in a compromise, he lost the seat to Sen. Shane Martin.  This ultimately has no real meaning, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see this come up.

Don’t forget to vote in our House District 35 poll at the bottom of this post!

Keith Kelly

Contributions:  $4,400.00
Expenditures:  $3,644.24
Cash on hand: $1,301.80

Kelly’s finances seem a little short considering his incumbent status.  Of the $4,400 we have listed here, $3,000 of it is a personal loan to the campaign and $450 comes from actual individuals.  I do not know the landscape of this district very well (I don’t know if the oil reservoirs in lower Spartanburg are in his district), but he received $600 from petroleum companies in the last cycle as well.

Expense wise, he paid “On the Mark, LLC” (believe this is a Tompkins organization) almost $3,000 for an invoice and other businesses for radio advertising.

Willie Casey

Contributions:  $0
Expenditures:  $0
Cash on hand: $0

Wilie Casey has his name listed as a potential candidate for the election, but no forms have been uploaded.  Is he running?

William “Bill” Chumley

Contributions:  $1,420.00
Expenditures:  $3,130.00
Cash on hand: $348.72

Bill Chumley, another Sullivan candidate, also loaned the campaign money, $500.00.  Bill’s fund raising efforts appear to come from individuals in his district, with one coming from the county.   Looking at his expenses, we see he had to pay Sullivan during this cycle, $3000. Since filing, Chumley’s largest expenses have been paying Sullivan $5,500 in consulting charges.  For fairness sake, consulting could include printing of materials, etc.

Ironically though, Millwood, another Sullivan client, did not have a payment to Sullivan in the last two cycles, which we believe is the time he changed consultants.

Contracts are contracts and I guess all contracts are not equal.

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Bill Chumley to Announce Candidacy for State House

September 23, 2009 by  
Filed under Press Release

Local businessman and farmer Bill Chumley, will announce his candidacy for the Republican nomination for State House of Representatives in 2010. The announcement will take place at a campaign event September 26. Chumley is seeking election to House District 35.

Chumley is a native of Reidville and the owner of several small businesses in Spartanburg County. He and his wife Faye have two sons and three grand-children. The Chumleys are active members of Poplar Springs Baptist Church where Bill is a deacon and chairman of the cemetery committee.

Chumley has started and operates four businesses: Chumley Enterprises, a landscaping business; Southern Shade Nursery, off of Highway 101; Reidville Products International; and Drainbox, a manufacturer of home improvement products. Chumley’s business experience and insight have resulted in 7 US Patents and 3 Federal Trademarks.

Bill served as an officer of Friends of Ben’s Creek which organized to oppose the landfill proposal.

House District 35 encompasses southwestern Spartanburg county including Reidville and Woodruff.

Contact: Bill Chumley
(864) 476-9677

SC Ready to Sound the Alarm on H.R. 45

March 9, 2009 by  
Filed under SC Politics

So besides the hours the House spent debating and voting on our ever important state budget, what did the SC State House of Representatives accomplish before/after 108 members saw it necessary to accept the stimulus money instead of doing what the rest of America is doing, trimming down the fat.

H.3673 was introduced and referred to committee. The resolution expresses “the opposition of the General Assembly of South Carolina to the Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act of 2009 [H.R. 45] recently introduced in the United States Congress.”  Whew.

For those of you who don’t know, H.R. 45 (aka Blair Holt’s Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act of 2009) introduced by Congressman Bobby Rush (D -IL) would destroy our 2nd Amendment rights as we know it.  What does it require?  Here is a list just for starters.


  1. transferring a firearm to any person other than a licensee, unless the transfer is processed through a licensed dealer in accordance with national instant criminal background check system requirements, with exceptions;
  2. a licensed manufacturer or dealer from failing to comply with reporting and record keeping requirements of this Act;
  3. failing to report the loss or theft of the firearm to the Attorney General within 72 hours;
  4. failing to report to the Attorney General an address change within 60 days; or
  5. keeping a loaded firearm, or an unloaded firearm and ammunition for the firearm, knowingly or recklessly disregarding the risk that a child is capable of gaining access, if a child uses the firearm and causes death or serious bodily injury.

Did I mention this requires most ammunition to be bar coded?

We spoke with Congressman Bob Inglis (R – SC) a few weeks ago about the bill and he didn’t give us a warm fuzzy feeling.  Bob Inglis is against the bill, but believes that Nancy Pelosi (D – CA) will push this through.  Our best hope is that pro gun democrats like college football star Heath Shuler (D – NC) and others will stand up and buck the gravy train.

H.3673 was referred to the committee on Invitations and Memorial Resolutions. Be sure to contact your representatives and ask them to sponsor this resolution.  We need to send this message loud and clear to Washington.  Here are the committee members:

Herb Kirsh Liston D. Barfield Don C. Bowen
Marion B. Frye Vida O. Miller

As for Spartanburg County, all but two Representatives had signed on as of 12:14am on March 10th.  Those Representatives are Harold Mitchell and Joey Millwood.

I am happy to see our General Assembly fighting for our rights guaranteed by the US Constitution.  I just wish these bills did more than just memorialize the US Congress.  It is our understanding this process has very little effect influencing Congress.  Maybe they will put some teeth into one of these bills and give the Attorney General the grounds to sue the US over this matter.

By the way, go to the NRA website and help them get on Congress’ case to not pass this bill.

UPDATE (5:04pm March 10):
Joey Millwood and Eric Bedingfield have also signed on to this legislation now.

SC State House Passes 10th Amendment Resolution

February 27, 2009 by  
Filed under SC Politics

On February 26th, The SC State House passed H3509 which is a resolution to affirm the states rights guaranteed by the 9th and 10th amendments of the US Constitution.

Unfortunately, it appears the transparency bill doesn’t cover such resolutions.  We spoke with Dan Hamilton (House District 20) of Greenville, SC who shared with us that the vote was unanimous in favor of the bill.

Some of the Spartanburg County legislatures signed on to the bill.  They are as follows:

  • Allison
  • Parker
  • Millwood
  • Littlejohn

Be sure you call and thank them for signing on to this bill.  Those who failed to sign on as sponsors are below:

  • Mitchell
  • Cole
  • Forrester
  • Kelly

The bill has been referred to the Senate.  A similar version already exists, S424 in the State Senate, which the Spartanburg County Senators have already signed on as sponsors.

SC Exercising It’s Rights?

February 16, 2009 by  
Filed under Opinion

Lo and behold, it appears that our great general assembly is looking to make sure that our state and its people retain their rights as granted by the US Constitution.  That’s right, and SC is one of 20 something states that have introduced some similar legislation stating they are against any movements that affect the peoples and states 9th and 10th amendment rights.

After speaking with Inglis today, he believes that HR 45 will pass with Pelosi’s new found power.  This is Bobby Rush’s (D-IL) bill to bar code ammunition and limit gun ownership.  According to the SC House version of the bill, this would be one situation that would force the affirmation of the resolution.  Not sure how much power it will have, but it does give you a warm fuzzy feeling…doesn’t it?

The House bill, H3509, is sponsored by the following individuals:

Reps. M.A. Pitts, Duncan, Thompson, Bowen, Toole, Stringer, Hamilton, Pinson, Bedingfield, G.R. Smith, Cooper, Crawford, Long, Lowe, Nanney, Owens, E.H. Pitts, Rice, Viers and White

Notice that none of the Spartanburg delegation is in this listing.  I encourage you to contact Millwood, Parker, Mitchell, Littlejohn, Cole, Allison, Forrester, Kelly and ask them their positions and to sign on as co-sponsors.

The Senate bill, S424, is sponsored by the following individuals:

Senators Bright, S. Martin, Alexander, Campbell, Fair, Knotts, Cromer, Mulvaney, Verdin, L. Martin, Shoopman, Rose, McConnell, Thomas, Cleary, Courson, Coleman, Davis, Reese and Campsen

Be sure to contact Lee Bright, Shane Martin, and Glenn Reese and thank them for supporting this resolution.

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