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WALTERBORO β€” A Republican sheriff's candidate in Colleton County opened his campaign by owning up to what he calls his mistakes: his first marriage, a traffic ticket, causing some fender-benders, losing his temper at workΒ β€” and wearing blackface.

Craig Stivender says in the video posted Tuesday that transparency is essential, so he's showing everyone a picture of himself at a law enforcement party about 10 years ago. It shows him dressed as the founder of a crime ring, wearing makeup and a giant gold necklace. Stivender says he wanted to disparage a criminal, but now understands how his portrayal was troubling.

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"I'm not perfect. I've made mistakes," he says, before promising to support gun rights and "counteract the threat of illegal immigrants" and littering.

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