Politics & Government

Activist to challenge Joe Wilson for SC Congress seat

Annabelle Robertson
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A South Carolina attorney active with an Indivisible group is launching a challenge to U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson, R-Springdale.

Annabelle Robertson will formally announce her campaign at 6 p.m. Thursday at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Cayce.

Robertson’s legal work focuses on civil rights, workplace discrimination and sexual harassment, she said in a release.

She helped start the group Indivisible South Carolina after the 2016 election, one of several grassroots liberal activist groups that have organized since the election of Donald Trump.

Robertson says she is the first Indivisible member to run for a major office in the South.

Robertson is the second Democrat to enter the race for the 2nd District. Army veteran Sean Carrigan announced he would challenge Wilson at the Aiken County Democratic Fish Fry on Sept. 21.

Wilson has represented the district – which covers Aiken, Barnwell and Lexington counties as well as portions of Orangeburg and Richland counties – since 2001.

The Midlands chapter of Indivisible, a loose affiliation of activist groups that have sprung up nationwide in the Trump era. The movement takes its name from the Indivisible Guide, a document by former Democratic congressional staffers outlining s