Mayor encourages Sumter residents to support S.C. ‘American Idol’ finalist

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"Official" support for singer Candice Glover on "American Idol" crossed city limits Monday when Mayor Joe McElveen released a proclamation at the request of Beaufort Mayor Billy Keyserling calling on Sumter residents to show their support for the South Carolina native.

Glover, a resident of St. Helena Island in Beaufort County, is one of the two remaining finalists in the Fox program after wowing the judges week after week. She repeatedly has the judges telling her that she is the best singer on the show.

“She exhibits qualities, in addition to her great talent, that are prized by all South Carolinians and the citizens of the Sumter community,” McElveen said, “including poise and grace under pressure, perseverance, good humor, good sportsmanship, humility, hard work and friendliness.”

The mayor’s proclamation encourages the Sumter community to watch and support Glover as she pursues her dream as a vocalist and performer. After Wednesday night's show, viewers will vote to decide who will become the winner of the 12th season of “American Idol.”

Glover’s final performance airs Wednesday at 8 p.m. on the FOX Network.