Tom Winslow, a Republican who is having to run as a petition candidate for S.C. House Seat 103, turned in his signatures at the S.C. Election Commission Thursday.
He was expecting to run against both incumbent Carl Anderson, a Democrat, and Jackie Williams, another petition candidate, for the seat.
However, on Thursday, Williams said she has decided she will not seek the office “this election cycle.”
After both were removed from last month’s primary ballot for improper filing of financial statements, they joined forces to collect signatures.
Williams said Thursday she had the required number of names.
She said she has decided to spend the campaign season working with groups in an effort to get President Barack Obama reelected.
“It’s not a question of having enough signatures. I could have easily gone to Columbia with what I have,” she said.
She and Winslow needed to collect 1,170 signatures from the House 103 district to get on the ballot.
Winslow said he turned in 1,740 names Thursday.
He said he was hoping Williams would be in the race “so liberals would have a choice” between herself and Anderson.
There is also the theory Williams would have helped split the Democrat vote making it easier for Winslow to win in November.
“I have to do what is in the best interest of the big picture. Not just what I want to do,” Williams said.
She said she will work to be a “support mechanism” for her party during the campaign season.
The state will send the petitions turned in by Winslow to the election offices of the counties in the district for the names to be verified by Aug. 15.
By Scott Harper
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