Solicitor candidates Stone, McCall-Tanner debate in Bluffton GOP forum

The two candidates running for top prosecutor of Beaufort County, as solicitor of the fourteenth judicial circuit, went head-to-head in debate on Monday night.

The candidate forum was held by the Greater Bluffton GOP Club. Incumbent, Solicitor Duffie Stone and challenger Angela McCall-Tanner answered questions from the moderator and responded to questions from the audience.

Angela McCall-Tanner is the candidate who was previously employed as Stone’s deputy solicitor. She is also married to Beaufort County Sheriff PJ Tanner.

Each candidate answered questions on career criminal programs, body cameras, accomplishments, and on the issue each believes should be priority.

When asked if McCall-Tanner as the solicitor would be a conflict of interest, she answered that it would not; she cited the example of her previous position as deputy solicitor, stating that it was not considered a conflict of interest, then, either. To this, Stone responded that he did not consider it a conflict of interest then, because he had the final say in all that happened, as solicitor over McCall-Tanner as deputy.

One audience member confronted Stone over his staff member embezzling money. Stone confirmed it did happen in years past, saying he fired the individual and handed the case over to SLED (South Carolina Law Enforcement Division).

The candidates are on November’s ballot in the general election. The fourteenth circuit covers Beaufort, Jasper, Hampton, Colleton, and Allendale counties.

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