Sam Skardon, the Democratic nominee for SC Senate District 41 (Charleston and Dorchester counties) and a former Legislative Aide to civil rights leader Congressman John Lewis has made the following statement regarding the passing of his former boss:
"Mr. Lewis was not just my first boss, but someone I was honored to call a friend, a mentor, and a hero. He took a chance on me and changed my life forever. He changed our country forever. He was the rare leader whose dignity, determination, and values were the exact same behind closed doors as they were in public. For me, his legacy will always be a special source of hope, inspiration, and solemn pride."