Former Columbia City Council member, Kirkman Finlay III, announced Wednesday he will file to run for Richland County House seat 75.
The seat is being vacated by Rep. James Harrison, R-Richland, who recently announced he is retiring.
Finlay, 42, served on Columbia City Council for four years before losing the mayoral race to current Mayor Steve Benjamin in 2010.
According to a press release, Finlay is a lifelong Columbia resident and a married father of three. He is the owner of several Columbia businesses including Pawleys Front Porch restaurant, Doc’s BBQ restaurant and the Millstone at Adams Pond. He also runs a 6,000-acre soybean, corn and wheat farm.
His campaign focus will be the economy.
“Economic Development, job creation and educational accountability will be the focus of my campaign,” Finlay said in a press release. “I want to create a strong South Carolina that brings opportunity to everyone.”
-- Gina Smith