|District 23 is circled in red to make it easier to find.|
It's generally expected that both incumbents and candidates focus on being in their districts as much as possible campaigning and keeping in touch with district residents.
But in the case of Katrina Shealy, who is making her second bid for Senate District 23, the only thing that seems more challenging than raising money and keeping vendors happy is finding her district, as we've seen her often campaigning at events far from Lexington County over the last year.
After the incumbent managed to turn a close primary finish for the seat into a run-off blow-out four years ago, one would figure she'd be locked down on her district with every waking moment - but that doesn't seem to be the case.
If one wants to see an example of how often Shealy bolts the district to go "campaigning" far away, they need look no farther than the last week or so of her campaign calendar:
- October 9 - speaking to the Lancaster County Republican Women on "State regulatory issues that affect small business owners".
- October 16 - speaking to the "Take Columbia Back" rally in Rock Hill.
While most politicians wait until they get elected to turn their backs on their districts, Shealy doesn't seem content to wait that long.
When she rails against "good ol' boys", we're guessing she's not talking about the kind that puts politics ahead of their constituents. But if the "good ol' boy" she's campaigning against beats her yet again, this might help explain why.
Tip O'Neill once said "All politics is local". After four years and one defeat in campaigning for the State Senate, this seems to be a lesson Shealy has yet to learn.