Today the South Carolina Election Commission wrote Green Party co-chair Sue Edward to tell her that House Speaker Bobby Harrell’s name will be on the November ballot, but voters will be informed that he is ineligible to serve. The message from the Commission does not make it clear what will happen if Harrell wins the most votes.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The State Election Commission has received notification from the Clerk of the House that Bobby Harrell has formally withdrawn as a candidate for State House of Representatives District 114. The election for House 114 will go forward on November 4. While Mr. Harrell’s name will appear on the ballot, he is no longer eligible to win the election. The county voter registration and elections offices will place prominent notices in all polling places to inform voters that Mr. Harrell is no longer a viable candidate for House 114.
Harrell had served for more than twenty years in the state legislature without a single challenge until he faced Green Party candidate Larry Carter Center in 2012. Despite years of allegations and rumors of corruption, Harrell never faced a competitor in the primary.
As reported yesterday here at Green Party Watch, Sue Edward no longer faces a Republican nominee as that candidate, Bobby Harrell, has admitted guilt in a case involving official corruption.
WCIV, the ABC affiliate in Charleston, covered the race. As the reporter says in the piece, the Republican Party is now trying to find a way to avoid the consequences of nominating a criminal by demanding a special election instead of honoring the results of the election already scheduled. WCIV-TV | ABC News 4 – Charleston News, Sports, Weather
Sue Edward SC GP nominee for House District 114
Sue Edward, a long time co-chair of the South Carolina Green Party, has had a golden opportunity laid at her feet. The incumbent she is running against is House Speaker Bobby Harrell.
Harrell has been under investigation for two years under pressure from Republican and libertarian groups. He will reportedly confess to a series of misdemeanors, and resign his seat. He would also be removed from the ballot and state law seems to indicate that the Republicans will have no nominee in the race. Will the Republicans opt to vote for the Democrat, the Green, or not vote at all?
For more on Speaker Harrell’s criminal indictments, read below the fold.
In a press release issued today, the South Carolina Green Party announced both it’s annual convention and a full list of candidates who will appear on the November ballot. The South Carolina Green Party has been on the ballot since 2002 and has run a diverse slate of candidates since.
SOUTH CAROLINA GREEN PARTY TO HOLD NOMINATING CONVENTION IN COLUMBIA 4/28/2012
What: 2012 State Convention of the South Carolina Green Party
Who: Members, supporters, friends and prospective candidates of the South Carolina Green Party
When: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM Saturday, April 28, 2012
Where: Al-Amir Restaurant, 2930 Devine Street Columbia, SC 29205
The South Carolina Green Party will hold it’s annual state convention in Columbia on Saturday, April 28, 2012 from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM in the banquet room of Al-Amir Restaurant on Devine Street.
Nominations will be made at the convention for state, local and national offices, including the Presidential election will be made. Jill Stein, currently the leading contender for the Green Party nomination will be present. Fareen Hakim of Minneapolis will be representing candidate Rosanne Barr. Both campaigns are seeking the eight delegates from South Carolina to the national Green Party convention to be held July 13, 2012 in Baltimore. The nomineee of the Green Party will appear on the South Carolina ballot in the November 6, 2012 election alongside the nominees of other national parties. Continue Reading