5 spots open on Isle of Palms

ISLE OF PALMS -- The November election for four council seats and the mayor's chair has drawn more newcomers than incumbents.

Newcomer Jimmy Ward will face current Mayor Dick Cronin. And newcomers Ron Denton, Doug Thomas, Barbara Gobien and Sandy Stone will challenge two incumbents, Barbara Bergwerf and Marty Bettelli, for four council seats. Incumbent council members Carol Rice and Dee Taylor have decided not to run for re-election.

For Awendaw Town Council, member Sam Robinson has filed to run against current Mayor William Alston. And seven will run for three open council seats. Challengers Isaiah Simmons, Betty Simmons, Albertha Singleton, James "Bubba" Godwin and Sheila Powell will face incumbent council members Miriam Green and Bryan McNeal Jr.

The McClellanville council race has drawn less competition. Incumbent Mayor Rutledge B. Leland III and council members Aaron Baldwin, Robert J. Gannon, Gussie Humes and James E. Scott will run uncontested.

Wilson to run for attorney general

COLUMBIA -- A former South Carolina prosecutor and eldest son of a Republican congressman is running for attorney general.

Alan Wilson said in an e-mail Friday that he will formally announce his candidacy for the 2010 election on Tuesday in Columbia. He becomes the first candidate to seek to replace Republican Attorney General Henry McMaster, who is running for governor.

Wilson, also a Republican, was an assistant solicitor in Lexington County from 2003 to 2006 and an assistant attorney general from 2007 until January of this year. Between those jobs the National Guard major served a year in Iraq.

He is the oldest son of U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson of South Carolina. He and his wife, Jennifer have a 1-year-old son. Their second child is due in December.

Fundraiser includes chance to win AK-47

COLUMBIA -- A South Carolina Republican hopes barbecue, bullets and a chance to win an AK-47 will launch his bid to become the nation's only elected National Guard commander.

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Dean Allen said Friday that a Sept. 26 event at a shooting range is all about generating buzz for his campaign.

The Greenville resident said he hopes the fundraiser will draw attention to gun rights.

He said he chose an AK-47 worth about $700 even though he faced them during his service in Vietnam.

It's a semiautomatic. Whoever wins it will have to qualify to own it and will have to undergo an instant background check.

For $25, people get barbecue and a chance to fire a clip in a fully automatic weapon.

Maj. Gen. Stan Spears, South Carolina's current adjutant general, has not announced plans to seek a fifth term.