All Republican candidates for statewide office are expected at Saturday event

BY BRUCE MILLS
bruce@theitem.com
Posted 4/11/18

Every Republican candidate for statewide office will be in attendance and speaking in Camden on Saturday at Lee and Kershaw County's inaugural Old-Fashioned Stump Meeting.

Lee County Republican Party Chairman Davis McClam, an event organizer, …

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Every Republican candidate for statewide office will be in attendance and speaking in Camden on Saturday at Lee and Kershaw County's inaugural Old-Fashioned Stump Meeting.

Lee County Republican Party Chairman Davis McClam, an event organizer, spoke Tuesday about the event.

The headline speakers, according to McClam, will be the five GOP candidates for governor: incumbent Henry McMaster, Lt. Gov. Kevin Bryant, and candidates Catherine Templeton, John "Yancey" McGill and John Warren.

U.S. Rep Ralph Norman, R-S.C., will also be in attendance, even though he's running unopposed in his party. Additionally, current state Attorney General Alan Wilson and state Treasurer Curtis Loftis, who are both up for re-election, will also be in attendance and speak.

McClam said he's confirmed all are coming, and they will limit their speeches to five minutes so there will be time for the public to meet and greet the candidates and ask questions.

"It should be a lively day because we are going to have a lively gubernatorial election," McClam said. "I hope people will take the opportunity to come out and ask questions of the candidates. The best voters are the most informed voters."

Saturday's event is free and will be held at the old Antioch School Grounds, which is now a community center, at 1591 Bishopville Highway (S.C. 34) between Camden and the Lee County line. The event begins at 1 p.m.

The first 400 attendees will receive a free barbecue dinner, according to McClam and event fliers.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a folding chair, and live music will also be provided, McClam said.