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Child Advocate Enters Race For Eleventh Circuit Solicitor




The good ol’ boy network in Lexington County, S.C. is facing a formidable challenge from a fresh-faced reformer with a proven track record of locking up bad guys – and protecting children.

Candice Lively filed paperwork this week to become the next solicitor of the Palmetto State’s eleventh judicial circuit.  That’s the post currently held by Donnie Myers – who recently announced his decision to step down.

Lively is running against one of Myers’ former subordinates, Rick Hubbard – who recently resigned his post in the office of S.C. attorney general Alan Wilson to campaign for the office.  Hubbard is reportedly favored by the local political establishment, but Lively seems to be the one entering the race with more grassroots support.

“Candice is a very good prosecutor and has a fantastic track record,” one source close to the race told us.

That’s accurate … prior to taking over the reins at the University of South Carolina’s Children’s Law Center, Lively was a prosecutor in the state’s fifteenth judicial circuit.  There she gained extensive experience working with current S.C. Senator Greg Hembree.

Can Lively garner enough support to beat back the local status quo?

“My guess is she will do well with young voters, women and anti-establishment voters,” one Lexington County elected official told us.

We concur …

Lively’s pitch?  Her prosecutorial background – and her extensive experience training law enforcement officers in being more effective advocates for children.

“She’s trained over 700 law enforcement in that field across the state,” one child advocate told us.

“Nobody gets rich in child welfare and she really does try to get people to understand abuse investigations and how to better protect them,” one Lowcountry advocate told us.

“I am excited to use my experience and passion to be a leader and serve our community,” Lively said in filing her paperwork.

The eleventh circuit includes Edgefield, Lexington, McCormick and Saluda counties.  Myers was first elected to the post in 1976.