Last week, the Georgetown County Board of Elections ruled there should be a new election between Richard Kerr and Peggy Wheeler-Cribb because of problems at the polls on Election Day.
When the votes were recounted last week, Cribb lost by 21 votes.
Kerr said after consulting with his attorney as well as with family and friends, he has decided he will appeal the local board’s decision to the state.
“I respectively disagree with the decision of the Georgetown County Election Commission Board to order a new election,” Kerr wrote in a statement released Monday.
He said based on testimony at a protest hearing last week, “there was no evidence or proof of incorrect ballots being cast and no witnesses presented by Ms. Wheeler-Cribb to substantiate any errors. With only opinions being expressed and no facts presented I feel I must appeal the decision to the State Election Commission for review.”
No date has been set for the hearing which will take place in Columbia but Christopher Whitmire of the SEC says it will likely take place next week.