Birdsong Off County Council Ballot
Dorchester County Democratic Party announces issues with County Council District 6 candidate's filing; Birdsong to run as a petition candidate.
Democrat Miriam Birdsong, who filed to run for Dorchester County Council District 6, will not appear on November's ballot as a Democratic nominee due to filing issues, according to Dorchester County Democratic Chair Richard Hayes.
"She did not file her paperwork (Statement of Intention of Candidacy) on the day she filed her Statement of Economic Interest," Hayes said.
The candidate will try to continue as a petition candidate, Hayes added.
Following SC Supreme Court rulings in May (on a Lexington County case) and last Tuesday (on a Florence County case), nearly 250 candidates have been ruled ineligible for election by county party leaders.
Hayes said the decision came this morning in the wake of the latter ruling saying candidates had to file paperwork simultaneously. He has now gone after a Republican candidate for S.C. House District 97, challenging the county Republican party to review his filing.
Birdsong was originally declared "safe" in the first ruling by the state Supreme Court.
"What we are about are honesty in politics and real transparency," Hayes said.
If Birdsong is able to get her name back on the ballot, she will challenge incumbent Republican Councilman Bill Hearn, who recently defeated Roger Goodman in the GOP primary, in November.