Cokesbury College to hold old-fashioned stump meeting Thursday, Oct. 15

October 12, 2020

Cokesbury College will pay homage to a political tradition when it hosts an old-fashioned stump meeting from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15.

The event, to be held at the historic college at 210 College Drive in Hodges, is free and open to the public.

More than a dozen candidates representing Greenwood school board, city council, county council and sheriff races – as well as those for the S.C. House of Representatives and S.C. Senate — will converge in the spacious garden of the Cokesbury College building to ensure social distancing.

Rob Jones, chairman of the Cokesbury College Historical Commission, said seating will not be provided, and guests are encouraged to bring their own chairs. Coolers are not allowed inside the garden, but food and beverages will be available for purchase.

“The old-fashioned stump meeting is deeply rooted in American politics,” said Jones. “The biennial stump meeting in Galivant’s Ferry has a rich tradition dating to the late 1800s in South Carolina and is well-known throughout the state and nation.

“Cokesbury College, which has had stump meetings before, is offering this event so that people in our area can learn more about the races that interest them locally.”

Although people cannot ask questions to candidates during their talks, they may do so after the discussions.

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