I am writing this letter in support of Rev. Dr. James Blassingame's campaign for election to City Council Ward 2. I am honored to speak on his behalf and offer the citizens a glimpse into the character of a friend and mentor.
As sheriff of Sumter County, I am committed to seeking guidance, advice and support from people who I know have the best interests of the citizens at heart. There is no confidant that I hold in any higher regard than Rev. Blassingame. His character is above reproach, and he has been gifted with the spirit of discernment. I am fortunate to have him as a friend and mentor.
Rev. Blassingame has the unique ability to listen to anyone and seek to understand their position, all the while never wavering in his Biblical convictions. He is a living example of what it looks like to practice the "Golden Rule," as he has the innate ability to treat everyone with respect and dignity. He is known as an excellent communicator because of his ability to present his thoughts in a clear manner. I agree with that wholeheartedly and also believe what makes him stand out as a communicator is his ability to listen and understand others. I submit that quality is what makes him the perfect choice to represent the citizens of Ward 2.
As we find ourselves in this political season, I continue to believe that while we should listen to what candidates say they will do, we would be amiss if we don't look at what they have done. Rev. Blassingame has served at Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church since 1984. He has been faithful and demonstrated good stewardship in that position. Under his leadership, a new sanctuary was dedicated in 1991, and that 20-year mortgage was paid off in nine years. In 2011, a 17,000-square-foot enrichment center was dedicated. This center serves not only his congregation, but the community in whole.
Rev. Blassingame serves the Sumter community on many boards including: Morris College, National Baptist Convention, Festival on the Avenue, YouthLink, South Carolina School Improvement Council, Sumter County Gallery of Art, Bank of Clarendon, Sumter Advisory Board, Sumter Police Chief's Community Liaison Council and Covenant Place. He has also been appointed by the South Carolina Senate to serve on the Pee Dee Citizens' Committee on Judicial Qualifications.
I would urge all of my fellow citizens living in Ward 2 to cast their vote on Nov. 3, 2020, for James Blassingame.
Sheriff, Sumter County
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