Rick Wade, a former U.S. Commerce Department adviser and Cabinet officer under then-Gov. Jim Hodges, will seek the Democratic nomination next year for the U.S. Senate seat held by Republican Tim Scott.
“The people of South Carolina understand that Washington is broken,” the Democratic Lancaster native said in a statement released Friday night. “If we are going to solve the big problems we face and get things done, our representatives must be accountable to their constituents.”
The Senate race stands to make history in South Carolina, where an African-American has not won statewide office since Reconstruction.
Wade and Richland County Councilwoman Joyce Dickerson, an African-American Democrat, are seeking their party’s nomination to unseat Scott, South Carolina’s first black U.S. senator.