Voters Guide: Famous names dot GOP primary for SC lieutenant governor

ashain@thestate.comJune 7, 2014 

From left, Mike Campbell, Ray Moore, Pat McKinney and Henry McMaster listen to Moderator Charles Bierbauer during a debate at the ETV studios of the Republican candidates for Lieutenant Governor.

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— The final standalone race for lieutenant governor has attracted some famous S.C. political names in the Republican primary, including a former state attorney general and the son of a former governor. A retired developer in one of South Carolina’s swankiest beachfronts and a Columbia pastor who wants to put children into home or church schools round out the GOP field. The winner faces Democratic state Rep. Bakari Sellers in November. The governor and lieutenant governor start running on the same ticket in 2018.

Mike Campbell

Age: 45

Residence: Columbia

Occupation: Business owner and consultant

Education: Attended University of South Carolina

Political experience: Unsuccessful run for lieutenant governor in 2006

Twitter-sized pitch: I’ll put the people 1st: secure the future for S.C. seniors, protect small business & continue working with Gov. Haley to shrink government

Pat McKinney

Age: 64

Residence: Charleston

Occupation: Retired, former partner in Kiawah Partners

Education: Marketing degree, Georgia State University

Political experience: None

Twitter-sized pitch: I will bring a lifetime of business experience to state government and will focus on aging, reforming state gov & supporting small business.

Henry McMaster

Age: 66

Residence: Columbia

Occupation: Attorney

Education: History and law degrees, University of South Carolina

Political experience: State attorney general for eight years. Unsuccessful runs for lieutenant governor, governor and U.S. Senate. Former U.S. attorney and S.C. GOP party chairman.

Twitter-sized pitch: I ask for your vote because we need to stop Washington at our doorstep. I'm ready to fight & experience really does matter.

Ray Moore

Age: 70

Residence: Blythewood

Occupation: President of the Exodus Mandate Project ministry (on leave)

Education: Political science degree, The Citadel; theological degrees, Grace Theological Seminary

Political experience: None

Twitter-sized pitch: 20 years ago, current moral dilemmas were unthinkable. I believe what once was can be again. I’m running to make it so.

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