UNION COUNTY — William D. All, III says he will seek the Republican nomination for Union County Probate Judge.
In a statement released this morning announcing his candidacy, All, a student at the University of South Carolina, School of Law, said that he hopes to apply the legal knowledge he has gained during the course of his studies to the office to serve the needs of Union County residents.
“Over the last few years of studying at the University of South Carolina, School of Law, I have really developed a passion for the legal field,” All said. “I look forward to the possibility of applying the legal knowledge I have picked up over the last three years in practical, real-world scenarios while helping the citizens of Union County.”
In addition to the legal knowledge he has gained as a student at the USC School of Law, All said his work as a law clerk with a local legal firm enabled to develop a practical understanding of how the office of Probate Judge works.
“The office of probate court judge needs a candidate who is familiar with the workings of the probate court and the probate code of South Carolina,” All said. “Since 2008, through my work as a law clerk at All & Frost, LLC, I have spent many, many hours in the probate court of Union, and have developed a working knowledge of how the court functions. Additionally, I have taken multiple courses that have covered the mechanics of the Probate Code of South Carolina.”
All pointed out that he will soon obtain his law degree and, if elected could become the county first Probate Judge in years to have one.
“As of May 9, 2014, I will have obtained my law degree and could be the first Probate Court Judge in Union County to have a law degree in many years,” All said. “With both a theoretical and practical knowledge of how the Probate Court operates I feel that I am a qualified candidate for Probate Court Judge.”
All added that “I grew up and spent most all of my life in Union County and, after completing my legal training, look forward to the possibility of serving the community as Probate Court Judge.”
All, who graduated from Union High School in 2005, attended Clemson University for one year, studying architecture, before transferring to Winthrop University to study music. He received a B.A. in Music in 2010. All entered the University of South Carolina, School of Law in the fall of 2011, and will graduate in May of 2014 with his law degree.
While attending law school All is staying in Columbia, but has his home in Union and plans to move into it once he graduates and completes the Bar Exam.
All attends Philippi Baptist Church in Union, and Shandon Baptist Church while at school in Columbia.
All is the second candidate to announce for Probate Judge.
Jonesville Municipal Judge Calvin Payton announced last Thursday that he would seek the Democratic nomination for Probate Judge.
All and Payton are seeking to succeed incumbent Probate Judge Donna Cudd who announced earlier this month that she would not seek reelection and would retired at the end of this year when her term expires.
The Democratic and Republican primaries will be held June 10. Filing for the primaries opened at noon Sunday and will close at noon on Sunday, March 30.
Anyone wanting to run one for one of the partisan offices on the primary ballot must bring their statement of intention of candidacy and party pledge form to the Registrar’s Office. The form is available at scvotes.org and at the Registrar’s Office.
In addition to the form, candidates must also bring their filing fee. The fees are also listed on the scvotes.org website.
For more information about filing to run for partisan office in the primaries and general election, contact the Union County Voter Registrar’s Office at 864-429-1616.