The campaign for Democratic U.S. Rep. John Spratt announced Friday he has earned the endorsement of 25 mayors across the 5th Congressional District.
Spratt is being challenged by Republican state Sen. Mick Mulvaney, and recent polling has put Mulvaney in the lead.
The Spratt campaign notes the endorsement comes from a "racially and geographically diverse group" that includes Spratt's hometown of York and Mulvaney's home county of Lancaster.
"As mayors, we know what our communities and constituents need," said Rock Hill Mayor Doug Echols. "We are pleased to have a congressman who works with us to meet those needs and helps us get a fair shake out of the federal government."
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The full list of mayors endorsing Spratt are:
The Hon. Doug Echols Mayor of Rock Hill
The Hon. Henry Jolly Mayor of Gaffney
The Hon. Charles Ferguson Mayor of Fort Lawn
The Hon. Mitchell Foster Mayor of Chester
The Hon. John Douglas Mayor of Chesterfield
The Hon. Anthony Watkins Mayor of Darlington
The Hon. Robert Smith Mayor of Lake View
The Hon. Nancy Brigman Mayor of Latta
The Hon. Gregrey Ginyard Mayor of Jenkinsville
The Hon. Charlene Herring Mayor of Ridgeway
The Hon. T. Ashby Gregg Mayor of Quinby
The Hon. Stephen Wukela Mayor of Florence
The Hon. Carlisle Davis Mayor of Bethune
The Hon. Jeffrey Graham Mayor of Camden
The Hon. Ann Taylor Mayor of Heath Springs
The Hon. Wayne Rhodes Mayor of Kershaw
The Hon. Alexander Boyd Mayor of Bishopville
The Hon. O.L. Buddy Johnson Mayor of Little Mountain
The Hon. Joseph McElveen Mayor of Sumter
The Hon. Valencia Thomas Mayor of Society Hill
The Hon. Hamer McRae Mayor of Clio
The Hon. Gary Quick Mayor of McColl
The Hon. Dexe Bostick Mayor of Bennettsville
The Hon. Bobby Brock Mayor of Blenheim
The Hon. J. Edward Lee Mayor of York