Columbia mayor Steve Benjamin joined 30 other South Carolina mayors in endorsing the candidacy of Democratic gubernatorial nominee Vincent Sheheen.
The Camden state senator is more likely to listen and work with local officials, some of those mayors said at a Columbia press conference. Sheheen said he wanted to repair a “frayed” relationship between the governor’s office and local government.
“Not only was he willing to listen, but he was willing to understand the issues,” said Greer mayor Rick Danner of meeting with Sheheen several years ago. “This is just wanting to have a seat at the table.”
Most of the mayors are elected in nonpartisan elections, though Benjamin has run statewide as a Democrat. Danner said he voted twice for outgoing Gov. Mark Sanford.
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Sheheen faces Republican state Rep. Nikki Haley of Lexington in November’s general election.