Katrina Shealy Turns in Petition Signatures
S.C. Senate District 23 candidate Katrina Shealy turned in signatures to the election commission Wednesday in an effort to get on the November ballot as a petition candidate.
Katrina Shealy hopes to be back on the campaign trail soon for the S.C. Senate District 23 seat.
Shealy turned in 3,223 signatures to the state election commission Wednesday in an effort to get her name on the November ballot as a petition candidate after being booted off the Republican primary ballot in June.
Election commission officials still have to verify that all of the signatures are from registered voters who live in District 23. Shealy needs at least 2,664 certified signatures to secure her spot on the ballot.
Shealy will face Republican incumbent Sen. Jake Knotts if she gets a spot on the ballot. No Democrat is running.
"Despite the South Carolina Republican Party's unanimous vote to have the state place by name back on the ballot, that did not happen," Shealy said outside the election commission office Wednesday.
"So, today, I filed my petitions - with thousands of names of concerned South Carolina citizens - placing my name back on the ballot for the November election," Shealy said.
Shealy was one of 17 Lexington County candidates knocked off the June primary ballot after two Supreme Court rulings. More than 250 candidates across the state were left ineligible for the election.
To get on the November ballot, the candidates are required to collect signatures from five percent of the registered voters that live in their district by Monday.
Phil Perry, a candidate for House District 39 who was also knocked off the primary ballot, is expected to turn in his signatures to the election commission at 9:15 a.m. Thursday.