Burbage drops out of Berkeley Sheriff race

Derrick Burbage ¬

Derrick Burbage said Thursday he will not file to run as a petition candidate for Berkeley County Sheriff.

Burbage, 40, collected just over 2,800 of the 5,313 signatures required to get his name on the ballot for the June 9 general election. His deadline to turn in the signatures to the Berkeley County Election office was noon Friday.

A former South Carolina Highway Patrolman and Charleston County Sheriff’s deputy who now runs his own private investigation business, Burbage said he had just 39 days to collect the signatures for the special election, compared to a year or more during a normal election.

“I’m proud of what we accomplished in such a short period of time, but feel as if I’ve let down my community by not giving them another option on the June ballot,” he said.

The April 21 Republican primary will include 14 candidates. If necessary, a run-off will be May 5.

He said he may launch a write-in campaign depending on the results of the primary.

One candidate, Berkeley County Sheriff’s Officer Anthony Smalls, has filed to run as a Democrat.

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