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Editorial: John Meadors

Posted: July 19, 2018 3:00 p.m.
Updated: July 20, 2018 1:00 a.m.

Readers will notice a story by senior writer Martin L. Cahn about former 5th Circuit Deputy Solicitor John Meadors finishing up a write-in campaign to run for that top slot. In fact, he has obtained more than enough signatures to run, although he has several more hoops through which he must jump before his name can actually be placed on the ballot.

While we are not endorsing anyone as a candidate in this race or any others -- at least not yet -- we do appreciate, applaud and encourage Mr. Meadors’ efforts. True, we can look at history and see that more often than not, write-in campaigns generally do not pan out successfully. On the other hand, we believe too many of those types of campaigns are flawed from the beginning and are often launched for the wrong reasons.

But we don’t see such a situation in this case. And we believe the voters of the 5th Judicial Circuit, which encompasses Richland and Kershaw counties, should have another candidate or two to choose from in this particular election.

Whether he is running on a party platform or as an independent write-in, no one can deny John Meadors is eminently qualified for the position of solicitor and we do hope to see his name on the ballot in November.

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