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HCDP Announces Candidates Slate

An outstanding slate of Democratic candidates is preparing for the all-important South Carolina primary election June 9.

While the format of that election is still in doubt due to the impact of the coronavirus, our candidates are doing everything they can to promote their candidacies during these unsettled times when public gatherings and even face-to-face contact are impossible.

Of course our candidates’ slate is headed by Jaime Harrison, who is now running uncontested, and is determined to unseat long-time Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, who has magically turned from Trump critic to Trump cheerleader-in-chief.

US House of Representatives, District 7

Three candidates are competing for the nomination to run against Republican Rep. Tom Rice in South Carolina’s 7th Congressional District, which includes Horry County. They are:

Melissa Watson, former vice chair of the South Carolina Democratic Party. She is a mom, teacher and community leader. Watson holds a graduate degree from the Citadel and is a doctoral candidate at the University of Phoenix. In 2002, she was chosen for the Rookie Teacher of the Year Award at Baptist Hill High School.

State Rep. Robert Williams (Dist. 62), a business development consultant, who unsuccessfully ran against Rice in 2018. He is also seeking reelection to his seat in the state House of Representatives. A member of the South Carolina National Guard, he served in Iraq.

William H. Williams, a 28-year veteran of the U.S. Postal Service, holds a BS degree from SC State College and an MBA from Webster University.

State Legislative Candidates

SC Senate 30 – Sen. Kent Williams (incumbent) and Patrick Richardson

SC Senate 32 – Sen. Ronnie Sabb (incumbent), Ted Brown, Manley Collins, and Kelly Spann

SC Senate 34 – Emily Cegledy

SC House 55 – Rep. Jackie Hayes (incumbent)

SC House 56 – Dr. Bruce Fischer

SC House 57 – Rep. Lucas Atkinson (incumbent), Miko Picket

SC House 103 – Rep. Carl Anderson (incumbent)

Board of Education

District 9 – Edward Robinson

Please check out our candidates and educate yourself about their platforms and positions, then make your decision,” said HCDP Chair Don Kohn. “But above all, please vote in the primary and, of course, in the general election November 3 – probably the most consequential election in our lifetime.”

(Editor’s note: Most of the candidate links are to the information they submitted for publication on the Candidate page of this website. For those who did not submit information, the links are to information published on Ballotpedia.)

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