INCUMBENT KENNEY BOONE FACING TOUGH REELECTION BATTLE
We previewed this race a few weeks ago, but veteran law enforcement officer Jody Lynch has filed to run for sheriff of Florence County, S.C. against longtime incumbent Kenney Boone.
Lynch submitted her paperwork earlier this week to run as a Democrat. Boone is running as a “Republican,” although in Florence County (and most of South Carolina, for that matter) there’s really no distinction.
We expect Lynch to be a formidable opponent to Boone – who has been criticized for leaving the state during last fall’s “Floodmaggedon” rainstorm and more recently for his office’s heavy-handed tactics in pursuing a helicopter that belonged to another local government.
She’s well-liked, well-connected and well-respected in the community … and appears to be running a disciplined, well-organized campaign. Obviously she still faces an uphill battle (Boone has the support of Florence’s political establishment, including powerful S.C. Senate leader Hugh Leatherman), but this is one of several local sheriff’s races in the Palmetto State that we will be watching very closely.