James Island Messenger — District 115 Candidate Forum

JIM seeking reader questions to be featured at Oct. 25 Candidate Forum

By Charlie Morrison

JIM Community Editor

The James Island Messenger (JIM) is sponsoring a candidate forum featuring the two candidates vying for the S.C. House of Representatives District 115 seat, which represents James Island, Folly Beach, and Kiawah/Seabrook. The seat is currently occupied by criminal defense attorney Peter McCoy Jr., who won it in 2010 when he overcame a pair of opponents in incumbent Anne Peterson Hutto and Eugene Platt. This time around, McCoy is opposed by Carol Tempel, a former educator and entrepreneur, who’s running as an independent. The candidate forum will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 25 at James Island Town Hall.

The candidate forum will be moderated Kendra B. Stewart, College of Charleston Associate Political Science Professor and Director of the school’s Master’s in Public Administration program. Stewart joined the faculty of the College of Charleston in 2008, when she left an associate professorship with Eastern Kentucky University to join the College’s Political Science Department as both an associate professor and director of their Master’s in Public Administration Program. She received her doctorate, from the University of South Carolina (USC) in 2001, in political science. Four years later, also at USC, she received her Master’s in Public Administration. She has authored numerous articles on public administration and local government.

At the heart of the forum will be questions submitted by JIM readers over the next two weeks. JIM’s editorial staff will select the 10 best, most relevant questions to be posed to the candidates by Stewart in an alternate question format. (Readers can submit questions for candidates at publisher@jimpaper.com.)

The last race for the District 115 seat representing James Island saw McCoy achieve what his current challenger Tempel is herself attempting to accomplish, to unseat a first-term incumbent. Her candidacy, however, was nearly grounded before it got off the ground, when in June when she became one of more than 250 candidates statewide to have their names stricken from ballots for filing errors. Tempel rebounded, starting up a grassroots effort to re-brand herself as an Independent, and collecting the signatures necessary to get herself placed back on the ballot as a petition candidate. Tempel collected more than 2,200 signatures supporting her candidacy, and by July, she was back on the ballot as an independent petition candidate.

James Island Messenger presents a S.C. House of Representatives District 115 Candidate Forum at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 25 at James Island Town Hall, located at 1238-B Camp Road. Please submit questions for candidates to publisher@jimpaper.com

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