Petitions trump parties in search for signatures

  • Friday, June 22, 2012

There are several crowd-drawing events in Georgetown County in the next three weeks and many of the people seeking signatures to get on the November ballot plan to be at them all.
Two potential petition candidates — Jackie Williams and Tom Winslow, both seeking S.C. House Seat 103 — met Saturday to discuss their strategy for collecting the thousands of names they need to be placed on the ballot.
The two plan to be at this Saturday’s Harborwalk Festival and Fourth of July events within the county, asking those in attendance who live within the House 103 District to sign their petitions before the July 16 deadline.
They also plan to canvass neighborhoods in the next three weeks with the help of Lee Padgett, who attended Saturday’s meeting. He is also working to collect signatures for Rod Stalvey who wants to run for county auditor.
While Williams, a Democrat, and Winslow, a Republican, have joined forces to help get each other on the ballot, they admit they will “go back to their corners” and gear up for the campaign trail once they are official candidates.
They both said it’s important to put their political differences aside and help get each other on the ballot and then worry about campaigning.
“Bad politicians stay in office when good people have their right to vote taken away,” Winslow said.
Williams said the whole process of the State Supreme Court removing more than 200 candidates statewide from last week’s primary ballots “has helped people recognize how fragile our fabric is in terms of feeling you have rights and then see them taken away.”
She said many people she has talked to have expressed concerns about a Democrat and Republican working together.
“Our goal is to protect a citizen’s right to choose. That does not come second to party ideology,” Williams said. “Once we are on the ballot, Tom and I will give each other a big hug, thank each other for the help and then go back into our neutral corners and get back on the campaign trail.”
Both said their goal, after getting on the ballot, is to get incumbent Democrat Carl Anderson out of office.
Others who are seeking petitions to get on the November ballot include: Darryel Carr for sheriff; Mike Andrews for treasurer; Tammie Avant for clerk of court; and Bubba Grimes and Ben Dunn, for County Council District 5 seat.

By Scott Harper

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