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Berkeley sheriff candidate's questionable degree loses him support

Duane Lewis, Berkeley County Sheriff candidate (Photo source: Facebook) Duane Lewis, Berkeley County Sheriff candidate (Photo source: Facebook)
BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) -  Former Berkeley County Sheriff candidate Brian Adams has announced that he is withdrawing his support for Duane Lewis.

Adams, who lost to Lewis in the Republican primary, has expressed concern over Lewis's college degree.

Adams reportedly stated, “Discovery of potential misrepresentation of his college degree and law enforcement service time on his filing affidavit has been revealed to me in the last few days."

On his application, Lewis says he went to Western States University. His Facebook page for Duane Lewis for Sheriff states that he holds a Bachelor's Degree in Fire Science from the school.

According to a newspaper article in the Chicago Tribune from February 1987, the school was under investigation for offering degrees in exchange for money, without requiring the students to take classes.

The university has since been shut down.

In response, Lewis stated, I have always been open about the degree I received from them. The fact is that a college degree is not a qualification for this office, and Mr. Adams knows it."

Derrick Burbage has also questioned the validity of the degree, and plans to run as a write-in candidate. His stated intention is to "give Berkeley County residents a better option on June 9."

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