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20120531-094120.jpgAlthough I doubt I’ll be supporting any Democrats in November, I strongly support their right to run for office as I made several attempts to change the double standard of filing requirements. The County Council district I live in is not affected by any of these races, but I encourage qualified folks to participate in these petitions. Remember, you’re not bound to vote for anyone on these petitions, it simply gives them the opportunity to have their name on the ballot.

Independent Mail: ANDERSON — Several would-be candidates who were booted from election ballots this month are getting some help from the Anderson County Democratic Party.

The party has opened its offices this week to gather signatures on three petitions aimed at getting former county planner Jeff Ricketson, minister Mike Vandiver and Tri-County Technical College student Joshua Johnson back on the ballots in time for November’s general election.

All three men are registered Democrats and filed earlier this year to challenge three Republican incumbents for their seats on the Anderson County Council. Ricketson, Johnson and Vandiver were among nearly 200 candidates statewide who were removed from ballots after the South Carolina Supreme Court ruled that they had failed to properly file ethics forms.