Gloria Tinubu says she will challenge Republican Rep. Tom Rice again in South Carolina's 7th Congressional district next year.
Tinubu, who ran for the seat unsuccessfully in 2012, made her announcement Saturday at the South Carolina Democratic Women's Council's Fall Forum at the Clarion Hotel on Gervais Street.
"You demonstrated we can win that district, and next year we will win that district," Tinubu told the cheering crowd.
The former member of the Georgia state legislature returned to South Carolina to run for the 7th congressional seat, which was created after the 2010 U.S. Census. She got 41 percent of the vote in 2012.
In announcing her candidacy, Tinubu said she drew inspiration from Linda Ketner, the 2008 Democratic nominee for the 1st Congressional District who got 46 percent of the vote but lost to Republican Henry Brown by 4 percentage points.
"If I can get 45 percent in Horry County, we can win the 7th congressional district," she said. "It’s going to take hard work, it's going to take determination and it’s going to take organization. ... We have to do a stealthy kind of campaign. You don’t have to put a lot of bells and whistles on it, just go door to door and do that work There are enlightened independents and enlightened Republicans not happy with the present state of affairs in this country and in our state."
Tinubu later said she would need to raise between $1.5 million and $2 million.