SC politics: Republican says he will challenge Clyburn

October 15, 2013 

Sumter Republican says he will challenge Clyburn

The Rev. Leon Winn of Sumter is running as a Republican for South Carolina’s 6th District congressional seat in 2014. That seat is held now by U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn, D-Columbia.

Winn will announce his candidacy on the State House steps at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday. Winn also plans campaign stops Tuesday in Sumter and Orangeburg.

Winn is a 16-year U.S. Air Force veteran and Morris College graduate, according to a news release from his campaign manager, James Krontz.

Winn ran for state Senate District 36 seat in 2012, losing to Democrat Kevin Johnson. Winn told the Manning Times in 2012 that he formerly was a Democrat, but the Republican Party’s beliefs were more like his own.

“The only way to bring about change in our country is to change the people we are electing to Congress,” Winn said in the news release. “The hard-working folks of the 6th District deserve someone who will work every day to better their lives and break the gridlock in Washington. It’s time to clean house and get this district working again.”

Winn and his wife, Chris, have three daughters and three grandchildren.

Jamie Self

Governor’s schedule and activities

Gov. Nikki Haley’s publicly announced schedule for the rest of this week, released Monday by her staff, is:

Wednesday – Join Republican candidate for governor of Virginia, Ken Cuccinelli, in that state.

According to her office, Haley’s activities last week included:

6 – Speeches, to the S.C. Military Officers Association of America council in Greenville, the Spartanburg Chamber of Commerce, the Charleston County Industry Appreciation luncheon in North Charleston, a joint meeting of the Florence and Pee Dee Kiwanis clubs in Florence, the River Hills Lion Club in Lake Wylie, and the Charleston Ecclesiastical Council in North Charleston

5 – Meetings concerning state policy

3 – Economic-development activities, two calls and a visit to Daimler Vans Manufacturing in Ladson

2 each – Phone calls described as “executive calls;” also, meetings or calls concerning an unidentified state agency or agencies; also, media activities, a press conference at Midlands Technical College’s Airport Campus and a call-in to a radio talk show; also, charitable appearances, at Marion Intermediate School and the Marion County Library on the behalf of Haley’s Original Six Foundation

1 each – Call to a constituent; also, a budget meeting

Busiest day – Wednesday, with eight activities

Slowest day – Friday, with two activities

Of note – According to her schedule, Haley did not go to her state office last week

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