Brown to run as - Petition Candidate
Written by Joyce M. Searson   

Donna Blume Brown plans to run as a 'Petition Candidate' and will be on the November 6, 2012 ballot for Probate Judge of Bamberg County.

Brown said she was certified on March 30, 2012, by the Bamberg County Democratic Party as a candidate for Bamberg County Probate Judge and was supposed to be on the ballot for the June 12, 2012 Democratic Primary.

On May 2, 2012, the South Carolina Supreme Court ruled and about 200 candidates statewide were removed from the June ballot. Brown said she was removed from the from the ballot by the Bamberg County Democratic Party on May 4, 2012, for not being in compliance with the Supreme Court ruling.

"There is no doubt that I did not specifically comply with the Supreme Court Ruling that mandates that an individual file a Statement of Economic Interest (SEC) at the same time and with the same official that an individual files a Statement of Intention of Candidacy- Partisan (SIC). I take full responsibility for my failure to do so."

However, Brown said that she did everything exactly as she was instructed to do according to the Bamberg County Democratic Party when she filed. Apparently, according to Brown, the Democratic Party was unaware of the proper filing procedures.

The Chairman of the Bamberg County Democratic Party, Alzena Robinson, said Tuesday, "The committee made their decision to take Brown off the ballot based on the Supreme Court's decision that both forms had to be filed at the same time.

Robinson said the Supreme Court said you had to turn in a hard copy of the form, but they amended this, and said that the summary sheet was all that was needed.

According to Robinson, all other candidates on the ballot filed their forms at the same time.

Robinson said the Bamberg Democratic Party checked the filing time of each candidate before any decision was made.

Brown said her decision to run for Probate Judge was made because she considered the job a position where she would be able to help and assist people in times of need.

"I stand by my decision to run for this office and will be on the November 6, 2012 ballot as a petition candidate for Probate Judge," said Brown.