The 10th circuit solicitor race is heating up just days before the Republican primary runoff.
Rame Campbell and David Wagner, both former and current held prominent roles inside the solicitor’s office that serves Anderson and Oconee counties.
On Thursday, Campbell held a news conference to call out issues that he sees inside the current administration. He was also endorsed by former candidate Wilson Burr and Angie Hammond, the mother of Zach Hammond who was shot and killed by a Seneca Police Officer.
Those issues include, county take-home cars for Solicitor Chrissy Adams, deputy solciitor David Wagner, and another employee. Wagner says his car is necessary for him to get to crime scenes, and speak to witnesses. Adams says 3 investigators also have county cars that they use during the day.
Campbell also took issue with the current operating system, saying the new system costs tax payers more. Both candidates say the system would be something they would evaluate if in office.
Campbell also produced documents from a Freedom of Information Act request. These documents showed purchases made with money from the Bond Estreatment Account. That account is filled with funds from bondsmen or payouts when a case is over. Thousands of dollars have been spent on office supplies, staff luncheons, and conferences. Adams says she uses that fund for those purchases so that tax payers are not footing the bill.
Campbell also took jabs at opponet David Wagner, stating that he used the Solicitor Office’s therapy dog for campaining, also that employees within the Oconee County solicitor’s office were placing campaign signs for Wagner on company time. Wagner states that the dog does come to events, but because the dog’s handler is coming on her own time, and they have checked with the ethics commission to make sure it is not a violation. The other two accusations, Wagner says are false.
A Freedom of Information Act request also shows that Rame Campbell has around 60 emails sent back and forth from his official email, instead of one for his campaign. The emails show him discussing campaign events and discussing setting up his website and a campaign facebook page. Campbell says those emails were mistakes and knows that he should have used his campaign email.
The run off is on June 28th.