Mt. Pleasant Mayor Harry Hallman has penned an appeal to Gov. Mark Sanford, asking him to accept $700 million in federal stimulus aid.

Sanford has said he plans to refuse the money. In a letter sent late last month, Hallman told the governor that he understood the desire to stand on principle, but these are unique times.

“The stimulus plan is the law of the land,” Hallman wrote. “More importantly, our nation, but particularly our state, needs its leadership to be of single purpose regarding our economic condition …

“I personally think the majority of residents believe that there is at least some chance of the stimulus funding helping our economic condition in the short term. That, I think, is the most important voice to listen to.”

Charleston Mayor Joe Riley authored a similar letter earlier this month and has had about 80 municipal leaders from across the state sign it with him.