From the Peterson Hutto camp:

Today, State House candidate Anne Peterson Hutto expressed disappointment that her opponent has declined to participate in tomorrow’s League of Women Voters candidate forum on James Island. Incumbent Wallace Scarborough turned down two separate dates for the forum claiming a conflict.

“These forums provide an excellent opportunity for voters to hear from the candidates and personally ask the tough questions. I wouldn’t be running if I wasn’t willing to personally face the voters,” Peterson Hutto said. “My entire campaign is based on talking with people about issues that matter. I’m disappointed that Rep. Scarborough isn’t doing the same thing. It’s hard to offer ‘service with a smile’ by running away from the people you’re supposed to serve.”

Because Scarborough has declined to take part in the forum, League rules prohibit Peterson Hutto from fully participating. She will be able to address attendees before the actual forum begins. Instead, the forum will feature candidates running for other offices including Rep. Leon Stavrinakis and his opponent Chris Cannon. Peterson Hutto is planning to stay at the forum until completion in order to answer any individual questions attendees may have.

We featured the race in our last issue, including referencing Scarborough’s pride in his constiuent service.

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