Gov. Bill Lee has been to Winchester several times while campaigning for the office he claimed in November 2018, but his visit Saturday will mark his first appearance as the state’s highest leader.
Lee will be at the Franklin County Farmers Market Pavilion, 651 Dinah Shore Blvd., at 2 p.m., in what will simply be a “meet and greet,” according to Republican State Executive Committeewoman Joanne Davis from Franklin County.
Davis said the governor was able to fit the visit to Winchester into his schedule because he will be at Mule Day in Columbia anyway, and he was more than willing to make the trip to Franklin County.
“He thinks very highly of our state representative,” Davis said, referring to Iris Rudder, R-Winchester. “And he wants to thank the people who supported him when he ran for governor.”
Davis said that, in addition to the governor, First Lady Maria Lee has visited Franklin County, and the two have had positive interactions with their constituents in the immediate area.
She said she’s thankful the governor was able to again put Franklin County in his travel itinerary.
“We’re very excited to have him here,” Davis said. “Anytime you can get the governor to visit your county, it’s important, and people need to show up and see him.
“He wants to shake hands with the people.”