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Updated: Sep 20, 2022

Probate Judge Jesse Cartrette seeks Re-Election.

Link to SCNOW - Morning News Article

FLORENCE, S.C. – Jesse Cartrette Jr. will be seeking a second term as Florence County’s probate judge.

Cartrette announced at Tuesday’s Florence County Republican Party meeting that he would be seeking a second four-year term. He told the Morning News Wednesday afternoon that he was not finished meeting his campaign promises yet. He said he still had work left to do and was young and able to do it.

“It has been a tremendous honor to serve and we’ve accomplished a lot in this first term, but I still have things I want to do for the people of Florence County and hope they will see fit to give me another term to see the projects we’ve begun completed for them,” Cartrette said.

Cartrette was elected in 2018 over Democrat Rebecca Guess McGill in the general election and Emily Jordan in the 2018 Republican primary. He succeeded J. Mumford Scott. He was appointed on Dec. 31, 2013, to fill the unexpired term of Kenneth Eaton, who served as probate judge for 13 years. Scott ran unopposed in 2014. He received 99.32 percent of the votes cast in that election. Scott did not file for re-election in 2018.

Probate judges are tasked with the administration of trusts and estates, petitions for guardianships or conservatorships, gifts made under the Uniform Gift to Minors Act, marriage licenses, and involuntary commitments. Probate courts also mighjt be involved in wrongful death and survival actions as well as interpreting marital agreements, the determination of paternity and interpreting common-law marriages.

Probate judges are the only directly elected judges in the Palmetto State. They are elected every four years.

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