Political climate in Richland County may be altered as of this morning
RICHLAND CO.—We received a phone call this morning very early from Richland County Circuit Clerk Sandy Franklin.
We had called her a couple of days ago upon having heard a rumor that she was withdrawing from the circuit clerk’s race very soon, meaning that she wouldn’t be running for circuit clerk again this November.
This morning she confirmed this. She said she was sad that she couldn’t stay, but the bottom line was that she believes in doing everything wholeheartedly, be it her job or her family. And under current circumstances, her family must now come first, so she is resigning her office as of December and withdrawing from the race as of today in order to tend to her family.
Franklin said that she advised the Richland County Democrat Party last night, and officially is confirming to the public today, 08.01.12. Her withdrawal gives the party enough time to caucus a replacement candidate in order to have that candidate properly placed on the ballot for the November election. This is the first year in recent memory that there’s been a Republican candidate running for the office—Zac Holder. So we’ll see how the new Dem candidate, and Holder, both fare in the election.
Franklin said she had no “pick” for someone to take her place; she advised that she’s “giving the office back to the people” so the people should really be the ones to decide (albeit through the Party). We should know who will be caucused within a couple of weeks as the selection must be made by the end of the month if our sources on this are correct. We know who WE would recommend to fill Sandy’s shoes…let’s hope the Party sees it the same way.
While we have a lot of awesome circuit clerks in our coverage area, Franklin has been one of the most delightful of all of them to work with. We wish her all the success possible with her family and applaud her decision, since it was made from the heart. We have more news on upcoming caucused replacement candidates in the upcoming print version of Disclosure…be sure to get yours beginning next Monday, or if you need to renew, hit that PayPal button or get your check or money order in right away…this issue coming up is the annual August Special Edition, and if you subscribe before this one, you’re guaranteed THIRTEEN issues for the next year instead of twelve…so hit it!!
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