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Three Charleston-area Democrats are among nine tapped Monday by gubernatorial nominee Joe Cunningham to be his possible running mate in the November election against incumbent GOP Gov. Henry McMaster.

 “Our ticket will represent the future of South Carolina and the amazing potential of our state. I am committed to selecting a qualified, visionary leader to join our team and help usher in a new generation of leadership for South Carolina.”

Among those given the nod were state Rep. Spencer Wetmore, a former Folly Beach town administrator and former prosecutor; Ed Sutton, a former House candidate who is an Air Force Reserve C-17 pilot and Charleston commercial Realtor; and Kathryn Whitaker, a former Senate candidate from Mount Pleasant who is a marketing officer for a top law firm.

Others on Cunningham’s list are state Reps. Jermaine Johnson, D-Richland, and Kimberly Johnson, D-Clarendon; lawyer and former fighter pilot Tally Parham Casey of Columbia; Columbia financial planner Rosalyn Glenn; Spartanburg City Council member Meghan Smith; and Columbia City Manager Teresa Wilson.

In other recent news:

Charleston County to see high mosquito levels. The combination of high rainfall and high tides in Charleston County is creating high mosquito concentration levels, according to this report. The dry season of spring and early summer accounted for low levels of mosquitoes, but the coming rainy season and official start to mosquito season is expected to bring many mosquitoes to the Charleston area.

CCSD pulls back on proposal to give superintendent more authority. The Charleston County School District has voted to review its recent proposal to change the district policy. The proposal splits the district policy manual into a board policy manual and a district policy manual. The district policy manual would be controlled by the Superintendent Don Kennedy.

Charleston Parks and Rec seeks input for improvement plan. The Charleston County Parks and Recreation Department is looking for public input for its 10-year public parks, trails and open spaces improvement plan. The department wants to hear from the public to create a community-driven planning process for its future plans.

Charleston City Council releases draft of new district maps. The City Council recently released a draft of a new district map to balance out district populations. The plans target rapid population growth, as well as demographic changes in each district. 

S.C. ranked among 10 worst states to live in. CNBC’s annual ‘America’s Top States for Business’ study recently listed South Carolina as the fourth worst state. The study looks at states’ quality of life for its residents regarding topics such as health care and resources, crime and voting rights.

Operation Southern Slowdown in effect across Southeast. South Carolina law enforcement have enacted the “Operation Southern Slowdown” to crack down on speeding. S.C. joins other southeastern state agencies such as Georgia, Florida, Alabama and Tennessee in the initiative.’

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