Tuesday, 4 p.m. — "I may not be on the right track, but this is where my spirit leads me," says Cheryl Footman of her quest to replace Mark Hammond as secretary of state.
And that’s mainly what it’s about for her. Asked why she was running, she said, "Well, I’ve got to give you the honest answer: It’s a spiritual thing." The Lord inspired her to run. "Politically… I don’t really have a political answer."
But she offered some anyway during the interview. One is that she thinks it would be important to be elected as a black woman, for the "message it would send to the nation."
"Cheryl Footman would be a step in the right direction — it’s sort of a slogan that I use."
More specifically to the job, she says Mr. Hammond spends too much time being a cop — chasing after bogus brand-name merchandise sold at flea markets and such.
She would spend more time providing services to businesses — which have to register with the office (the secretary of state’s main function) — and engaging in other, less conventional, initiatives, such as one to teach young people about respect ("basically, a self-esteem program for youth").
She says she would be free to engage in such things since the "office pretty much runs itself, because there really are no policy decisions to be made."
That raises the natural question of why the office needs to be elected, but she says, "I don’t think that if I had to be appointed, that I would get it."
And that’s important because "If the job is to be done correctly, it needs to be done… by me."
Ms. Footman, an Orangeburg teacher, enjoys singing Gospel music in her free time.