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Williams named elections director

Kelvin Williams has been named the new director of the Thomson-McDuffie County Board of Elections.

The 30-year-old Mr. Williams, who worked at the local elections office for about seven months in 2005 as a clerk, most recently served as director of the Lincolnton-Lincoln County Board of Elections. Mr. Williams served in that position for three years before being hired as the new elections director, replacing Phyllis Wheeler, here.

"It was an exciting moment to know that I was among one of the top candidates being looked at for this position," Mr. Williams said during an interview with The McDuffie Mirror . "It felt real good when I received the call from Mr. Beckum."

Mr. Beckum serves as chairman of the local board of elections. Two other members made up that panel, Margaret Lovejoy, who represents the local Republican Party and Steve Srouble, who represents the local Democratic Party. The three made the decision to hire Mr. Williams.

"I'm looking forward to the challenges of the new job," Mr. Williams said.

He is the son of Virginia Williams, of Lincolnton and a 1999 graduate of Lincoln County High School, where he played on the tennis team.

Mr. Williams currently is attending Augusta State University where he is studying political science.

He hopes to earn his degree in that field in 2011.

"I think he'll be a wonderful fit into our local government," McDuffie County Manager Don Norton said. "I think he'll do us a real good job."

In his spare time, Mr. Williams, who is single, enjoys traveling, photography and attending area cultural events.

Currently living in Lincoln County, Mr. Williams has plans to move to Thomson in the future.

Web posted on Thursday, June 10, 2010

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