Democratic Rep. Mia McLeod said she’s “all in” Sunday, announcing her intent to run for Sen. Joel Lourie’s Senate seat.
In an email, McLeod said she will run for District 22. Lourie said this weekend he will not seek re-election.
McLeod has been the House District 79 representative since 2011 and works as a communications consultant. She graduated from the University of South Carolina law school in 1995. She was director of the S.C. State Office of Victim Assistance from 1990-2001. She is also the mother of two sons and has been involved with Richland 2.
“From day one, I've been fighting the status quo ... working across party lines for stronger public schools, more jobs, better roads, and greater access to quality, affordable health care,” she said in her email, also noting her work on comprehensive domestic violence reforms and better race relations.
“I don't shy away from the tough issues. Never have. Never will.”
The open seat is likely to attract many candidates to represent District 22, which spans the northeastern part of the county and parts of Kershaw County.
From Staff Reports