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Senate race about best candidate

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By Stanleyh Smith

I am a Republican living in Indian Land and former County Council member representing District 1. I support Many Powers Norrell for S.C. Senate.

Some might ask why. Isn't she a Democrat and you are a Republican? But I tell you, there are much greater issues affecting our communities than who is Democrat and who is a Republican. That's not what this election is about. Mandy Powers Norrell is the most qualified candidate to move our district forward. She has the most experience in government. She is serving her 10th year as city attorney for the city of Lancaster and she is obviously doing a terrific job.

As city attorney, Ms. Norrell has worked for nearly a decade advising lawmakers, writing ordinances and putting together inter-governmental agreements that benefit the citizens of the city and Lancaster County.

I know Mandy Powers Norrell personally and I can tell you that she is one of the smartest people I've ever known. She finished Lancaster High School, Furman University and the University of South Carolina School of Law - all with honors. And Mandy paid for her education herself by working at Springs Mills' Grace Bleachery. She didn't come from privilege and she worked for everything that she has. She finished law school a semester early and was ranked second in her December graduating class. Mandy has lived in this district all her life. She knows and understands the people of this district. She has walked in their shoes. She has served in government for nearly a decade.

This is not about who is a Democrat and who is a Republican. It's about who is the best S.C. Senate candidate to lead us into the future. That's Mandy Powers Norrell.

Stanley Smith

Indian Land