Candidates, womens group asking for voter turnout

  • Thursday, May 22, 2014

Taylor Griffith/Journal Scene Far left, Peggy Bangle, president of the Dorchester County Republican Women’s Club, introduced 13 candidates to a crowd nearing 50 at Coastal Coffee Roasters Tuesday night.

Candidates campaigning for local, state and national seats in the upcoming election spoke to a crowd nearing 50 people on May 20 at Coastal Coffee Roasters.

The Dorchester County Republican Women’s Club invited the candidates to each speak for five minutes at its meeting Tuesday night.

Thirteen candidates, all Republicans, were present: for State House of Representatives District 94, Evan Guthrie and Franklin Smith; for State House District 98, Larry Hargett and Chris Murphy; for state Superintendent of Education, Sally Atwater and Elizabeth Moffly; for Adjutant General, James Breazeale; for the 6th Congressional District, Leon Winn; for U.S. Senate, a representative for Lee Bright, and Bill Connor; for Lieutenant Governor, Henry McMaster; and for Dorchester County Council District 2, David Chinnis and Scott Inabinet.

While the candidates discussed a variety of issues, from personal qualifications to the shortcomings of previous administrations, all of the candidates shared one common message: registered voters need to participate in the primary election on June 10.

“A lot of people say they don’t vote until the general election, but especially in a state like this with so many Republican candidates, the election is already over by the time November comes,” said Breazeale.

Winn spread a similar message: “My challenge this election is to get Republican voters off of your seats and vote.”

After the candidate speeches concluded the Dorchester County Republican Women’s Club suggested attendees use tools like social media to help inform voters of the upcoming primary election and the importance of voting.

The primary election will be held June 10. The general election will be held Nov. 4.

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