GOVERNOR SUPPORTS CANDIDATE IN LEXINGTON COUNTY CONTEST
According to reporter Tim Flach of The (Columbia, S.C.) State newspaper, Haley and her husband – Michael Haley – have endorsed the candidacy of Jay Koon for sheriff of Lexington County, S.C.
A Haley spokeswoman told the paper Koon “is the right person with the right experience to continue to move Lexington County in the right direction and make the sheriff’s department once again a source of pride.”
Koon has also received support from S.C. Senator Katrina Shealy – a former Haley ally who has sparred with the governor of late on tax policy and child welfare issues. He and three other candidates (Richland County deputy Justin Britt, veteran criminal justice instructor Ed Felix and West Columbia, S.C. police chief Dennis Tyndall) are all vying to fill the office vacated in December 2014 by James Metts – who spent forty-two years as sheriff before his career was undone by corruption.
The winner will have to run for reelection in two years …
Our view on this race? Eh … we should probably care a lot more about it seeing as our founding editor (like the Haleys) resides in Lexington County, but we don’t have a dog in the fight. We’ve heard good things about Britt, Felix and Koon, though … so make of that what you will.