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Amiri Hooker, Randy Propps file to run in Council District 8 special election

Amiri Hooker, Randy Propps file to run in Council District 8 special election

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FLORENCE, S.C. — A Democrat and a Republican filed Tuesday to run in the special election to replace the late Florence County Councilman James Schofield.   

The Rev. Amiri B. Hooker filed as a Democrat and Randy Propps filed as a Republican before the filing deadline at noon Tuesday. 

Propps joins Florence Mayor Pro Tempore Frank J. "Buddy" Brand II and Schofield's son, William, as Republicans who have filed. 

Hooker lives in Florence but works as a pastor at Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church in Lake City. 

He said he was inspired to run after appearing on a panel for the National Poor People's Campaign. 

"I realized that I needed to do more for our children," Hooker said. "I am running to change the moral character of our society and particularly here in Florence." 

Propps works as director of security at McLeod Health. He has worked there for 17 years, including nine as director. He also is a 26-year veteran of the Florence County Sheriff's Office. 

He said he was running because he wanted to make sure the council showed support to law enforcement. 

"The council needs to stand behind the officers," Propps said. 

As Hooker is the only Democrat to file, there will be no Democratic primary election. 

The Republican primary is scheduled from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 18.

Any necessary runoff elections would be held on Tuesday, Sept. 1. 

The special election for the seat will be held at the same time as the general election, scheduled for Nov. 3. 

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I cover the city of Florence, the county of Florence, the state legislative delegation of Florence County and surrounding areas, and the federal delegation representing the Pee Dee for the Morning News.

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