Republican State Treasurer Converse Chellis announced Thursday his plans to seek election to the post he has held since lawmakers chose him in 2007 to replace State Treasurer Thomas Ravenel, who resigned after he was indicted on a federal cocaine charge.
Chellis, a former state representative from Charleston, announced former House Speaker David Wilkins is serving as his campaign chairman. Also on board are former Republican Govs. James Edwards and David Beasley and Katon Dawson, former chairman of the S.C. Republican Party. Chellis is seeking the GOP nomination for state treasurer along with Lexington businessman Curtis Loftis.
Chellis, according to the latest campaign filings, has $500,000 in cash on hand. That includes a $200,000 loan.
Chellis, in a campaign release, counted among his accomplishments renegotiating the states tobacco bonds and strengthening the states retirement system.
Also in the race for state treasurer, according to the S.C. Ethics Commission, are Fairfield Treasurer Norma Branham and Colleton Treasurer Becky Hill.