(Lexington, S.C.) – Today, Rick Hubbard filed for re-election as Solicitor of South Carolina’s Eleventh Judicial Circuit.
“It has been an honor to serve the citizens of Edgefield, Lexington, McCormick, and Saluda Counties as your Solicitor for the past three years,” said Hubbard. “I am running for re-election to build on our success of keeping violent criminals off our streets by prosecuting them to the full extent of the law. As your Solicitor, I will continue to support our men and women in law enforcement, stand up for victims, and protect our families and most vulnerable citizens.”
Hubbard is one of the most experienced prosecutors in South Carolina with over 26 years of experience prosecuting some of the state’s most complex and violent crimes. Over the past three years, Hubbard and the dedicated attorneys in the Eleventh Circuit Solicitor’s Office have successfully prosecuted 53 homicide cases. These cases include murders, homicide by child abuse, and felony DUIs. Hubbard has taken an active role in leading his office in the prosecution of these cases, including the death penalty case of Tim Jones for the brutal murder of his five young children.
Hubbard and the prosecutors in his office have dramatically reduced the pending dockets in the circuit. Edgefield, McCormick, and Saluda Counties are part of just a handful of counties in the state that now exceed the benchmarks for efficiency set by the South Carolina Supreme Court, and Lexington County is expected to reach this goal later this year. Hubbard’s focus on prosecuting violent crime has also led to major reductions in the jail population throughout the circuit. The Lexington County jail population is now at an unprecedented 20-year low.
Hubbard has also taken the initiative in expanding the role his office plays in keeping our community safe. His office now prosecutes all cases involving domestic violence and has partnered with federal prosecutors in focusing on gang and gun violence throughout the Eleventh Circuit. In addition to their work in the courtroom, Hubbard and his staff have worked diligently to build relationships with many community organizations, churches, and schools as part of Hubbard’s community outreach program.
“We have accomplished a lot in three years, but we are working hard to do even more for the people of the Eleventh Circuit,” said Hubbard.