With nearly 75 in attendance, State House District 3 Candidate, Ed Harris answered questions at a forum Thursday night while his opponent was represented by a photo in a chair.
Current District 3 State Representative B.R. Skelton, who is seeking re-election in House District 3, had told organizers just prior to the event he would not show.
Harris won the Republican Primary held in June, but was challenged by Skelton before the SC State GOP Executive Committee. Harris' win was overturned due to a question about his filing of a statement of economic interests - both paper and electronic as required by new law designed by incumbents.
Harris qualified as a petition candidate by a healthy margin above the required threshold to appear on the ballot by name.
Ed Harris will appear on the November 6, 2012 ballot along with Skelton's.
Harris, a conservative Republican, says he is running to give the people a clear choice.
Many of the questions at the forum that were directed at Harris involved education.
Harris stated that he is against unfunded mandates from Washington and supports good pay for teachers.
Harris cited that Pickens County has a good school and that decisions on education should remain local.
Harris is selling pictures of the forum including the photo of Skelton in a chair to fundraise in the last few weeks before the election.