Community leaders endorse Lewis in GC sheriffs race


Republican Greenville County Sheriff hopeful Will Lewis announced the list of community leaders he says are endorsing him in the upcoming runoff against Sheriff Steve Loftis.

Thursday, Will Lewis announced the 19 elected officials and business owners who he says are behind him in this election (full list below).

Despite the mudslinging between Lewis and Loftis earlier this week, Lewis only mentioned the positive changes he’d like to make within the county.

He addressed two of the community’s top concerns, those being shorter response times and body cameras, of which he says are priorities should he become the next Sheriff.

He says he’s humbled and grateful for everyone behind him in the upcoming runoff election next week.

“To know that the strong men and women who stand with me as community leaders, as elected officials, as business owners of this community, see the same vision as I do and see the need for change.”

7 News will have extensive coverage when voters cast their ballots on Tuesday, June 28th in the runoff between Will Lewis and Sheriff Steve Loftis.Greenville Co. Community Leaders Endorsing Will Lewis for Sheriff:Senator Ross TurnerRep. Bruce Bannister, House Majority LeaderRep. Eric BedingfieldRep. Mike BurnsRep. Dan HamiltonRep. Phyllis HendersonRep. Tommy StringerRepresentative-Elect Jason ElliotMayor Sam Lee, Fountain InnAndrew Stoddard, Fountain Inn City Council MemberScott Crosby, Mauldin City Council MemberElizabeth Braswell, Simpsonville City Council MemberJohn Gardner, Captain of Travers Rest Police Dept. (retired)Lisa Van Riper, community leaderAngel Pendergrass, community leaderBetty Poe, community leaderLinda Ayers Turner Knorr, business and community leaderLisa Stephens, community leaderJason Mele, Upstate Armory

Friday morning, Fountain Inn Mayor Sam Lee released a statement saying he has not endorsed Lewis and that he now publicly endorsed Loftis. Mayor Lee said he’s not sure why his name would be on this list.

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