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Sunday, June 24, 2012

Skelton does not feel the people of Pickens County or the Republican Executive Committee have selected the right candidate

Below is an email I received from Ed Harris:

Please as many of you as can...write a letter to the editor as he suggests to at least one of the newspapers! 

Thank you! 

Johnnelle Raines 
COTU Vice President (Acting President) 

My Friends, As most of you are aware, I won the Pickens County primary election for House Seat #3. 

This victory was protested by Mr. B. R. Skelton which resulted in a State Executive Meeting of the Republican Party in Columbia on Thursday, June 21. This protest was submitted Monday, June 18, only minutes before the 12:00 noon protest deadline.

I received notification Wednesday morning while visiting my grandchildren at Pawleys Island. With no time to take action, I called Dave Woodard who attended the hearing on my behalf. Presenting a professional defense, he successfully defended my victory. The end result was that the primary election was upheld by a "unanimous" vote by the Republican Executive Committee.

Unfortunately, Mr. B. R. Skelton does not feel the people of Pickens County or the Republican Executive Committee have selected the right candidate. He has elected to pursue a result in his favor by possibly filing a law suit. Moreover, he will be represented by Mr. James E. Smith, Jr., a sitting Democrat in the S. C. House of Representatives. At least we now know where Skelton's heart lies.

This law suit could cost taxpayers thousands of dollars not to mention the time wasted regarding these unfounded claims. I respectfully ask that you write letters to the following news media to stop this useless waste of your money. I was a certified candidate, I won the election, the vote was audited and certified, and the protest was thrown out.

Elections are the true voice and strength of the citizens. Qualified candidates are elected by the people and should not be chosen by the court room.


Ed Harris

Newspapers: The Pickens Sentinel, 205 Garvin St., PO Box 95, Pickens, SC 29671, attn. Editor Jason Evans Send letters to the editor to

The Pickens Country Courier,, reporter and publisher Rocky Nimmons, or PO Box 125 Pickens, SC 29671 fax 878 6393

Daily Messenger Journal, 210 W. North 1st St., Seneca, SC 29678. Greg Oliver:; Editor Brett McLaughlin, c/o Sandra Vassey, (The email of Sandra and Brett are included because of the newspaper's spam filter. It is necessary to sometimes actually call to make sure they get your email.)

Greenville News, 305 S. Main St., PO Box 1688, Greenville, SC 29602. Greenville News has a 250 word limit. Julie Howle,, Beth Padget,

The Times Examiner, Bobby Dill, 44 Pine Knoll Dr., Suite E-2, Greenville, SC 29609 or

Anderson Independent 260-1274 & 800 859 6397 has a 250 word limit. Editor: Vince Jackson 864-650-0585 ( 

The Liberty Monitor Philip Smith (

 Jeff Brush Easley Patch 252-5027 (

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