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10/31/2012 3:19:00 PM
Stumbo receives multiple endorsements

David Stumbo, the Republican candidate for 8th Circuit Solicitor, has received several endorsements in his bid to become the next prosecutor for Greenwood, Abbeville, Laurens and Newberry counties.

Stumbo defeated incumbent Jerry Peace in the June primary to secure the Republican nomination and faces Newberry attorney Ben Shealy next week in the general election.

Stumbo has secured endorsements from a number of local leaders, including US Congressman Jeff Duncan.

“David Stumbo is the kind of principled, conservative leader we need as Solicitor,” said Duncan. “I know he is a man of integrity that will diligently work to keep the families of the 8th Circuit safe.”

Stumbo also has the support of the last three South Carolina Attorney Generals, Alan Wilson (2011-present), Henry McMaster (2003-2011) and Charlie Condon (1995-2003).

“David Stumbo and I have worked side by side in courtroom fighting some of South Carolina’s worst criminals,” said Wilson. “I am the proud to say David Stumbo is a friend of mine and I know from personal experience he will be an excellent Solicitor for the 8th Circuit.”

State Senator Danny Verdin and State Representative Mike Pitts are also supporting the Republican candidate.

“David Stumbo is a man of principle, advocate for victims’ rights, and committed to working side by side with law enforcement,” Pitts said. “David is the man we need to keep our families safe.”

In addition, Stumbo has the backing of the Laurens County Republican Party, the Laurens County Tea Party, Greenwood County Sheriff Tony Davis and attorney Derrick Mobley.

“I am honored to have the support of these leaders both in the 8th circuit and around the state,” Stumbo said. “I look forward to serving the people in the four counties of the circuit and fighting crime in the courtroom from a position of strength.”

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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, November 5, 2012
Article comment by: D P Phillips

Although I am Democratic I am voting for Mr. Stumbo. He handled my niece's case when she was touched by a child molester at the age of 7 but she didn't tell her mom until she was 9. He worked very hard on her case and the guy was sentenced to 9 years. Thanks Mr. have my vote. So who ever said he don't care about blacks stop spreading lies. They is too much racism for you to be accusing someone who isn't.

Posted: Saturday, November 3, 2012
Article comment by: Jennifer Dover

To those who have expressed blatant libel against Mr. Stumbo, I ask, "Where are your facts?" You are willing to just take someone else's word or just too lazy to do the research yourself. All of Mr. Stumbo's convictions are a matter of public record. I am appalled at how willing people are to vote based on something they heard rather than the facts. Or worse, when people are willing to libel or slander candidates not bothering with the facts and then never bother to vote! I'm not telling anyone how to vote, just stop being ignorant (which means not being informed or educated to the truth) and stop spreading lies and gossip. Mr. Stumbo has made himself available for questions at numerous places around the district and, as I said before, his record is public. Please make informed decisions!

Posted: Friday, November 2, 2012
Article comment by: Pete Smith

Lisa and Dickie: Shealy is in no way a liberal on these topics. He is a law and order guy who happens to believe in helping people along the way. The violent and repeat offenders will get their day in court and Ben will make sure the punishment fits the crime, do doubt. He has Republican and Democratic support, endorsement from MADD, politicians in this area, along with law enforcement support as well. My main point was to say that while Stumbo hitched his wagon to those politicians in the Columbia area, Ben chose to stay in this area representing the people he truly, sincerely cares about.He is a successful prosecutor just like Stumbo but he has more experience in many areas when it matters how you operate an office. That's the difference. I am not saying Stumbo is not a good trial lawyer, but the Solicitor cannot always be in the courtroom trying cases. Dickie, this is not a Bush, Obama, Romney issue either. It is a local issue that does not link to the national level.

Posted: Friday, November 2, 2012
Article comment by: Derrick Mobley

It saddens me to the very core to see such baseless, generalizing and demeaning comments about David on this board. I have known David for a number of years. He is a good, God-fearing, family oriented, ethical, intelligent, caring and compassionate man. How do I know? Well, David and I were both prosecutors in the Eleventh Judicial Circuit (Lexington, Saluda, McCormick). During this time, he and I tried multiple cases together to successful trial verdicts. We didn't care whether the defendant was black, white, poor or rich. All we cared about was doing the right thing at the time. See, I have personally observed David operate in the courtroom, show compassion to victims, and make tough calls regarding difficult cases. He didn't waiver, and used a fair and even handed approach to each and every case. His courtroom prowess, integrity and ethical standards are second to none. David would be a great choice for the 8th Judicial Circuit, and would serve the circuit with respect, honor and dignity. In fact, I have such a strong belief in David's ability to serve the circuit well, as it's elected Solicitor, that I have asked my friends and family that reside in the circuit to vote for him this coming Tuesday. Why is any of this information relevant to the discussion? Well, I am a black, Democrat, Defense Attorney that genuinely endorses David to become the next elected Solicitor of the 8th Judicial Circuit. Regardless of my endorsement, I know that David will be just as tough on me as any other attorney, because he only does what is right...REGARDLESS of who you are or who you know. Good luck, David. I look forward to battling you in court.

Posted: Thursday, November 1, 2012
Article comment by: Lisa Green

So "Pete", what you are saying is that David is a pro-life, strong family-man, who has spent his career as a prosecutor taking tough stands against criminals in the courtrooms across the state? Sounds like a pretty good candidate to me, and probably the reason why law enforcement and other leaders across this area are supporting him. From what I understand from police officers I know, David actually has a record as a successful prosecutor that he is running on. Those same officers don't seem to have the same level of confidence in Shealy. I don't know what Shealy's record as a prosecutor is, but I would rather have someone in office that is backed by law enforcement and who will take cases to trial and win them. I feel like David has run on that record, not just touting the fact that he has been an attorney for "x" number of years.

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