Today is a hopeful day.
As South Carolina voters head to the polls for the first day of no-excuse, in-person absentee voting, Charleston County residents can choose for the first time in 32 years a new sheriff.
Law enforcement reform will not happen under the same leadership. This was clear this past weekend when I debated my opponent during a League of Women Voters forum. I was surprised that he:
- didn’t dispute that Charleston County taxpayers are paying $4 million this year to house nonviolent immigrants who haven’t committed a criminal offense because of an optional agreement with ICE; and
- did not deny that his office hasn’t had an audit in over a decade.
Most egregiously, in his final statement he insulted every uniformed deputy, with his elitist comment that the role of sheriff requires more than “street-level” experience. My time on the streets is exactly why I am running.
With 20 years of leadership experience within law enforcement, in addition to keeping my thumb on the pulse of the community, I am more than qualified to put the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office on a better path: for civilians and for employees. We all deserve better. And that’s why I am hopeful today.
Make sure you have a plan to vote. This year, it counts more than ever. If you run into problems at the polls, be sure to contact the South Carolina Democratic Party’s Voter Protection Hotline at 855-785-0222.
Thank you, and I look forward to serving you as your next sheriff.
Important election dates
Last day to register to vote is Oct. 3, 2020
Election day is Nov. 3, 2020
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