ANDERSON INDEPENDENT MAIL
By Kirk Brown
Anderson – State Rep. Bakari Sellers, the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, was endorsed Friday by Anderson Mayor Terence Roberts.
The announcement, which took place at Tucker’s Restaurant on Clemson Boulevard in Anderson, was a low-key affair. Those attending including Roberts, Sellers and a reporter and photographer from the Independent Mail.
Roberts, who is serving his third term as Anderson’s mayor, praised Sellers for bringing a bipartisan approach to politics.
“I hear Republicans and Democrats talk about how he’s able to see across party lines and just get things done,” Roberts said. “He is offering us fresh new ideas and coming to the table with a lot of energy.”
Sellers, a 30-year-old legislator from Bamburg County, said he was “humbled” to get an endorsement from Roberts.
“Mayor Roberts is one of the best mayors in the state,” Sellers said. “I admire his leadership.”
Sellers is running against Republican Henry McMaster, who formerly served as South Carolina’s attorney general.
“Henry McMaster represents the past and I am trying to move the state forward,” Sellers said.
The winner of their contest will preside over the South Carolina Senate and oversee the state Office on Aging.
Sellers said he wants to offer tax credits to caregivers and expand the homestead exemption for seniors from $50,000 to $65,000.
His brief visit in Anderson was the third event on a busy day for Sellers. Afterward he headed to stops in Clemson and Easley.
Sellers said he is seeking to compete against McMaster in each the state’s 46 counties.
“We are vigorously campaigning,” he said.