Tom Ervin releases radio ad in SC GOP governors race (+ audio)

Posted by ANDREW SHAIN on April 4, 2014 

Tom Ervin, who was challenging Gov. Nikki Haley for the Republican nomination, speaks at a news conference in Columbia this month with his wife, Kathryn Williams.

ANDREW SHAIN — ashain@thestate.com

— Tom Ervin, a former state lawmaker and judge running against Gov. Nikki Haley in the GOP primary, released his first radio ad Friday.

"Putting South Carolina first is a fight worth having," the ad says. "Tom Ervin will protect our children, cut our taxes and restore integrity in Columbia."

The ad introduces the 62-year-old Greenville attorney and radio-station owner, who filed for the race on the day before filing ended Sunday.

Ervin said Monday that he put $108,000 of his own money in the campaign.

The commercial will air on 65 radio stations statewide that his campaign described as a "six-figure" buy.

The transcript of the ad, provided by Ervin's campaign:

Looking for a new governor in South Carolina, meet Tom Ervin

He’s a former prosecutor and circuit court judge

An advocate for children

A respected small businessman

Tom Ervin is a conservative Republican

Born and Raised in South Carolina

Running for Governor because he believes we can do better

Compassionate and conservative

Tom Ervin is pro life

Tom Ervin will always put South Carolina first

And leave the national politics and games to the others

Tom Ervin has never backed down from a fight, never will

Putting South Carolina first is a fight worth having

Tom Ervin will protect our children, cut our taxes and restore integrity in Columbia

So, stay Tuned SC Republicans

In the coming weeks you’ll hear some good, conservative ideas

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