February 17, 2010 by  
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WEST COLUMBIA, SC – Adjutant General Stanhope Spears today announced his endorsement of Bill Connor for Lieutenant Governor.

“Having spent the better part of 16 years as South Carolina’s Adjutant General, I have learned not to give endorsements too easily to a candidate for public office. However, one of those exceptions is Republican candidate for Lieutenant Governor – Bill Connor.

“He is an Army veteran and has been deployed with the South Carolina Army National Guard in the ‘Global War Against Terrorism.’  Highly decorated, he currently holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Army Reserve.  He is a proven leader!

“Besides being a dedicated family man with three children, Bill Connor understands the business climate in our state and what needs to be done to promote job growth and economic stability.  He fully understands the concerns of our senior community in these difficult times but also realizes the tremendous potential and talent that resides in retirees.

“Bill Connor has all the traits – all the values – to make a great Lieutenant Governor.  I am pleased to support Bill Connor now, in the Primary and in the General Election.”

“It was my great honor and pleasure to serve in the South Carolina National Guard under General Spears both in peace and in war.  I am even prouder to have his support,” Bill Connor responded. “General Spears distinguished himself as a leader during the entirety his 38 years of service to the Guard, especially during his 16 year tenure as Adjutant General. I look forward to working with him as a voice for military retirees and veterans in our state.”

General Spears is the first current statewide office holder to endorse in the race for Lt. Governor.  He joins hundreds of veterans from around South Carolina as members of “Bill’s Brigade,” the Connor Veterans Coalition.  Other notable members of that group include Medal of Honor recipients Major General James Livingston and Colonel Chuck Murray.

Bill Connor is a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army Reserves who received the Bronze Star for his service in combat as the senior American advisor in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.  Bill is the first post-9/11 combat veteran to announce for South Carolina statewide office.   In addition to his Reserve duties, Bill serves as the Chairman of the Board of Orangeburg Christian Academy.  Bill is a graduate of the Citadel and USC Law School.

Dean Allen Announces Campaign for Adjutant General

June 20, 2009 by  
Filed under SC Politics

Dean Allen for Adjutant General

Dean Allen for Adjutant General

We received an email this evening from Dean Allen announcing his candidacy for SC Adjutant General.

SC Adjutant General is the only Adjutant General elected in the nation.  Vermont’s state legislature elects their Adjutant General and the Adjutant General is appointed by the governor in the rest of the nation.

For those of you curious about the reformation process Sanford is pushing for, there is a bill in the state house to make the next Adjutant General an appointed position (H. 3275).

Allen says he will focus his work on ensuring our state guard has the proper ICE qualifications to handle illegal immigration and and better prepare our guard to handle a natural disaster (hurricanes).  Allen also wants to increase the size of our state guard by 300% (state guardsmen are unpaid) in the event troops are called up overseas or out of state to ensure they can handle the tasks prescribed by them in the state.

It is presumed that Allen will face Adjutant General Stan Spears in the June 2010 primary.