Charleston Democratic party votes to keep probate judge on ballot after election protest

Stephanie Ganaway-Pasley (Facebook)

The Charleston County Democratic Party executive committee unanimously voted to keep Stephanie Ganaway-Pasley on the ballot for probate judge.

The committee voted 25-0 to uphold the Democratic nominee of Ganaway-Pasley at a special meeting Thursday following an election protest that was filed over her residency, according to Brady Quirk-Garvan, chairman of the Charleston County Democratic Party

Charleston attorney Dana Adkins filed the protest Monday, according to reports. The protest claimed that Ganaway-Pasley did not live in Charleston County and sought to remove her from the ballot, according to Quirk-Garvan.

"The protest was meritless; she is a resident of Charleston County," said Quirk-Garvin. "She and her husband have country property but they live in North Charleston. She’s owned a house there since 1988 or 1989."

Under state law, the executive committee was required to hold a meeting to consider the merits of the election protest. It was held at North Charleston Council chambers.

Records show Ganaway-Pasley's husband owns property in Williamsburg County, Quirk-Garvin said.

Adkins spoke at the executive committee meeting. Ganaway-Pasley also spoke and brought documents to prove her residency, said Quirk-Garvan.

"She presented her dirver's license, tax returns, vehicle records- there was 8-10 pieces of information showing that her North Charleston address is where she lives," he said.

Ganaway-Pasley narowly beat opponent Kelsey Willey in the June 12 primary election. About 1,000 votes separated them.

Quirk-Garvan said Adkins worked on the campaign for Willey.

He said it was the first time in the five years he has been chariman that there has been a protest over an election.

"I am excited about electing her in November and to put this evening behind us," he said.

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