Candidates ready for Thursday debate

  • Wednesday, August 6, 2014

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Candidates seeking the vacant South Carolina Senate District 32 seat will gather in Georgetown tomorrow, Aug. 7, for a debate.

Citizens for Progress, a non-partisan community organization, has planned the event for 7 p.m. in the Glisson Education Building at Bethel A.M.E. Church, located at 417 Broad Street in Georgetown. The event is free and the public is urged to attend.

Senate District 32 includes Georgetown, Horry, Williamsburg, Florence and Berkeley counties.

The candidates are Rep. Carl Anderson, Sam Floyd, Cezar McKnight and Rep. Ronnie Sabb.

All of the candidates are competing for the Democratic Party’s nomination. All four candidates were invited; only three – Anderson, McKnight and Sabb – have confirmed.

Al Joseph, chairman of the Georgetown Business Association, will moderate the event. A panel will present questions to the candidates, who will each be given a limited amount of time to respond.

Panelists include John Carr, publisher of The Georgetown Times, Inlet Outlook and Waccamaw Times, Michaele Duke, reporter at The Kingstree News, and Maya Prabhu, reporter/edior at The Sun News in Myrtle Beach.

The special election primary will be held Sept. 2.

If no candidate wins more than 50 percent of the vote, a runoff election will be held on Sept. 16. South Carolina holds open primaries, so any registered voter may participate.

As there are no Republican Party candidates, the primary election will decide the senator.

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