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Florence County Democrats will host an introduction to candidates Tuesday night

April 3, 2018 GMT

FLORENCE, S.C. — The Florence County Democratic Party is hosting an informal meet-and-greet for candidates without a lot of experience in politics at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Timrod Park.

Stephanie McCummings of the Florence County Democratic Party said the goal of the meet-and-greet is for candidates without much political experienced to be introduced to politics in a smaller, more informal setting. Candidates, she added, will have the opportunity to introduce themselves to those present.

Among those scheduled to attend are Devon Long, who is running against incumbent Republican Phillip Lowe in State House District 60; Mal Hyman, who is running against fellow Democrats Jim Clyburn, Robert Williams, Bruce Fisher and Bill Hopkins for the U.S. House District 7 seat; and LaShonda NeSmith-Jackson, who is running against fellow Democrat and incumbent Pat Gibson-Hye Moore for the Florence City Council District 2 seat.

There will be no time limit for candidates to speak.

“We’ll go as long as we need to,” McCummings said.

Other Democrats running for local races include City Council incumbents Gibson-Hye Moore, Florence County Council incumbents Jason Springs (District 1), Al Bradley (District 3) and Waymon Mumford (District 7) and Rebecca McGill for Probate Judge.

In statehouse races, incumbents Terry Alexander (S.C. House District 59), Roger Kirby (S.C. House District 61), Robert Williams (S.C. House District 62) are also running, along with challengers Joe Ard (S.C. District 62), Linda Byrd-Spearman (S.C. District 62) and Mike Brank (S.C. District 63).

McCummings said the Democrats also plan to host a more formal event with all of the candidates running at a later date. The party, she added, is still in the planning stages for that event.

The primary election is scheduled for June 12. Run-offs, if necessary, will take place on June 26. The general election Nov. 6.