Watch Sumter's first 2020 Mayoral Debate live from the Sumter Opera House


The Sumter Item is set to host a mayoral debate on Thursday, Oct. 1, at 6 p.m. It will be held at the Sumter Opera House, but because of COVID-19, it is not open for the public to attend in person. Watch the debate in real-time on Facebook Live or watch anytime after online at or All six candidates - Sabrina Belcher, Debbie Bowen, Foxy Rae Campbell, Calvin Hastie, David Merchant and Archie Parnell - have confirmed their attendance.