Eric Hayler Not Qualified to Run For House District 37

March 26, 2008 by  
Filed under SC Politics

UPDATE: There are arguments that this is inaccurate. According to SCSEC, Beltram is correct in his findings.

Candidate’s qualifications for all offices, except SC Senate and SC House of Representatives, are determined at the time of the election and not at the time of filing or nomination. Qualifications for Senate and House are determined at the time of filing.


SPARTANBURG- After extensive investigation, a challenge is being posted to the eligibility for Eric Hayler to be a candidate for HD#37. He filed last week with the Spartanburg Democratic Party. This was confirmed and reported by the Spartanburg Herald Journal.

The rule is very clear that a candidate for the State House MUST be a resident of the district at the TIME of FILING. Mr. Hayler actually resides at 402 Longspur Ct. in Duncan which is in District #34. Repeated calls by GOP officials to the Hayler residence (864-486-8883) confirmed that this address is the current Hayler residence. Although, the house is for sale by owner, the candidate resides in a location that is not within District #37. Several pictures were taken over several days to add evidence that this residence is fully occupied. The candidate’s auto is also pictured in the driveway of the home.

The Spartanburg County Republican Party asks that the Spartanburg Democratic Party to immediately “de-file” this individual as ineligible to be a candidate. This is not the first occasion that the Democrats have filed candidates that are ineligible. Liz Patterson contended in 2006 that it is not her responsibility to “police” the candidates that come forward.

As a result, the GOP has been forced to perform “due diligence” on the Democratic candidates. Other Democratic filed candidates are being reviewed for eligibility. Filing ends promptly at noon on Sunday 03/30/08. GOP officials will be at Democratic HQ at that time to assure that election law is properly executed.

For more information, please call Rick Beltram (864-590-7723)

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  • Walter

    Mr. Beltram is incorrect. Here’s the law on this matter. Is this just another one of his cheap tricks?

    SC Code SECTION 7-13-40.
    … The written verification required by this section must contain a statement that each candidate certified meets, or will meet by the time of the general election, or as otherwise required by law, the qualifications for office for which he has filed. Political parties must not accept the filing of any candidate who does not or will not by the time of the general election, or as otherwise required by law, meet the qualifications for the office for which the candidate desires to file, and such candidate‚Äôs name shall not be placed on a primary ballot. …

  • Chris Anders

    As Mr. Hayler’s neighbor, I wonder, did any of these photographs manage to capture the FOR SALE sign in the yard???!!!!!! I guess you can change your story once you begin stalking his new residence – which by the way, he does have!!