Benjamin Shealy

Democratic candidate for Solicitor Circuit 8.                            


Occupation: Attorney

Education: Bachelor of Arts – University of South Carolina - 1986; and Juris Doctor -  Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law (Campbell University) - 1995

Experience in Political or Related Positions:

I have no prior political experience. Although I have varied experiences that qualify me to be the Eighth Circuit Solicitor including running a small business, managing a budget, training new attorneys, and daily supervision of employees.

  • US Army – Intelligence Officer 1986 – 1989, Second Armored Cavalry Regiment;
  • Assistant Solicitor, Eighth Judicial Circuit (Abbeville, Greenwood, Laurens, and Newberry Counties) – five years;
  • Deputy Solicitor (Abbeville County), Eighth Circuit – 1 ½ years;
  • Assistant Solicitor, Thirteenth Circuit (Greenville and Pickens) – two years;
  • Private practice, Babb and Brown, PC, Mauldin, SC;
  • Partner Zimmerman and Shealy, LLC – four years

Why should voters choose you in this election? Experience, is the short answer. I have been practicing law since 1995 with a great deal of that time as a prosecutor. My time as a prosecutor roughly equals the amount of time my opponent has been an attorney. In addition to my time as a prosecutor, I have spent the last four years doing criminal defense which has given me greater insight into both sides of the criminal case.

Additionally, I have experience in managing an office which includes many of the same duties which are performed by the Solicitor. I have the experience in managing a budget and maintaining strict adherence to the budget to insure fiscal responsibility has been met. I know many of the employees in the office personally, the two circuit judges, and the nuances of the juries in each of the four counties. My opponent has not practiced in the Eighth Circuit in his entire career other than sporadic appearances and for the last 10 months which he has worked with a Workers Compensation law firm. I will be tough on crime, fair in the application of the law, and compassionate with victims. I believe in developing a strong relationship with law enforcement, schools, and other community programs to insure the circuit is as safe as possible.

Finally, I have a strong yearning to do the job of solicitor and have spent the majority of my career in the Eighth Circuit. The decision to run was one which my family and I did not make lightly. No one asked me to run - it was a decision based on my dedication to the circuit.