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Election Preview: Tuesday March 8 Special Republican Primary Election

SUMMERVILLE - This Tuesday Republican voters will be going to the polls in State House District 97 to choose their Republican nominee. Last December Former (R) Representative Mandy Kimmons resigned from her position, opening up the opportunity for a special election.

The three candidates who have filed for the special election are Candace Jennings (R), Robby Robbins (R), and ReZsaun Lewis (D).

The winner of Tuesday's primary will face Lewis in the Special General Election May 17th. The interesting nature of this election is that no matter who wins May 17th, there will still be another Republican Primary Election in June, and another General Election in November. This is out of the ordinary because of the timing of Former Rep. Kimmons resignation.

Lewis didn't have any other Democrats file to face him in the Democratic Primary, but Jennings and Robbins have been running a competitive campaign since the announcement of Kimmons resignation in Dec of 2021.

Jennings a former DOD employee and current stay at home mother has taken an aggressive approach with her supporters leveling nonstop attacks during the campaign. Robbins and Jennings had a forum (watch it here) in which DCRP Chairman Steven Wright recused himself from moderating, and both candidates laid out their positions and were respectful of one another.

Robbins a local attorney hasn't attacked Jennings once the entire campaign, and is widely considered the favorite to win on Tuesday. Summerville News announced our support for Robby's campaign late Sunday night. Summerville News is supporting Robby because of his wealth of experience and relationships, commitment to job creation, protecting life and the second amendment, and support of school choice.

If you want to know if you live in State House District 97 that includes Dorchester, Colleton, and parts of Berkeley County then click here to find out your district.

We will continue to update you with information in our weekly podcast every Thursday live at 7pm where we talk the latest national political stories, as well as stories unique to South Carolina, and Summerville. Check out out latest episode with Dorchester County Councilwoman Harriet Holman from this week talking about her switch from the Democratic Party to the Republican Party. also did an article on all 3 of the candidates and plan to continue covering the race and all elections happening in the Summerville area in 2022. Join the conversation in our discussion group where we are constantly talking about the latest happenings in Summerville every day. Join here!

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