The Buzz

Who’s running for the S.C. Legislature?

AP

Now that filing for the S.C. House and Senate seats has begun, see who’s running in competitive seats in the June primary and November general election.

The Buzz has gone through news releases and S.C. Ethics Commission filings to put together a list of candidates planning to challenge sitting incumbents or run for a vacated seat.

The list was updated on March 19. Filing ends March 30.

(Know of a campaign not listed? Email thebuzz@thestate.com.)

S.C. Senate

District 1: Sen. Thomas Alexander, R-Oconee, has filed for re-election.

District 2: Sen. Larry Martin, R-Pickens, has three challengers in the June GOP primary – Donald Joslyn, an Army veteran who has worked in politics with the Anderson County Republican Party; Allan Quinn, a retired Oconee Nuclear Station employee; and Rex Rice, a former S.C. representative who owns a construction and land development company, and cattle farm. Rice ran unsuccessfully as a petition candidate against Martin, head of the Senate’s powerful Judiciary Committee, in 2012.

District 3: Sen. Kevin Bryant, R-Anderson, has one GOP challenger – Carol Burdette, chief executive of the United Way of Anderson County and former mayor of Pendleton.

District 4 (special election): The seat – formerly held by Sen. Billy O’Dell, who passed away in January – has drawn Republicans candidates: Rockey Burgess, a Williamston town councilman; Willie Day; Mike Gambrell, who has been in the S.C. House for 10 years and is self-employed at M&R Enterprises, a garbage services and landscaping company; Mark Powell; and James “Tripp” Padgett, a Greenwood attorney. A primary will be held March 22.

District 5: Sen. Tom Corbin, R-Greenville, has a primary challenger – John White, a Spartanburg attorney who was on the finance committees of GOP presidential candidates George W. Bush and John McCain.

District 6: Sen. Mike Fair, R-Greenville, has two primary challengers – former S.C. Transportation Department commissioner Johnny Edwards, owner of Edwards Piping and Machinery, and William Timmons, an assistant solicitor and entrepreneur.

District 7: Sen. Karl Allen, D-Greenville, has filed for re-election.

District 10: Sen. Floyd Nicholson, D-Greenwood, could have a challenger in the general election. Republican Jennings McAbee Sr. has opened a campaign account. Reached by phone Friday, McAbee told The Buzz he was considering a run, but had not yet made a decision. McAbee lost to Nicholson in 2012.

District 11: Sen. Glenn Reese, D-Spartanburg, has a Republican challenger, Cornelius Huff.

District 12: Sen. Lee Bright, the Spartanburg Tea Party firebrand who unsuccessfully challenged U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham in the 2014 GOP primary, has three primary challengers: David McCraw, a Greer business owner; Duncan Mayor Lisa Scott, who runs a property rental company; and Scott Talley, an attorney and former state representative.

District 13: Sen. Shane Martin, R-Spartanburg, has filed for re-election.

District 14: Senate Majority Leader Harvey Peeler, R-Cherokee, has a challenger in Republican Boiling Springs resident Kenny Price.

District 15: Sen. Wes Hayes, R-York, will be challenged by York County Republican Party chairman Wes Climer, a financial planner.

District 16: Sen. Greg Gregory, R-Lancaster, is seeking re-election.

District 17: Sen. Creighton Coleman, D-Fairfield, has two primary challengers: Michael Fanning, executive director of the Olde English Consortium, an educational collaborative, and Morgan Reeves of Winnsboro, a failed 2014 gubernatorial candidate. Mark Palmer of York is running as a Republican.

District 18: Sen. Ronnie Cromer, R-Newberry, is seeking re-election.

District 19: Sen. John Scott, D-Richland, is seeking re-election.

District 20: Sen. John Courson, R-Richland, is seeking re-election.

District 21: Sen. Darrell Jackson, D-Richland, is seeking re-election.

District 22: The seat being vacated by state Sen. Joel Lourie, D-Richland, who is retiring, already has two general election competitors. Mia McLeod, a Democratic state representative for five years and communications consultant, is running as a Democrat. Susan Brill, a Richland 2 school board member and former Richland County Council member, plans to run as a Republican.

District 23: Sen. Katrina Shealy, R-Lexington, is seeking re-election.

District 24: Sen. Tom Young, R-Aiken, is seeking re-election.

District 25: Sen. Shane Massey, R-Edgefield, is seeking re-election.

District 26: Sen. Nikki Setzler, D-Lexington, is seeking re-election.

District 27: Sen. Vincent Sheheen, D-Kershaw, South Carolina’s 2010 and 2014 candidate for governor, is seeking re-election.

District 28: Sen. Greg Hembree, R-Horry, is seeking re-election.

District 29: Sen. Gerald Malloy, D-Darlington, is seeking re-election.

District 30: Sen. Kent Williams, D-Marion, has one primary challenger: Patrick Richardson of Gresham.

District 31: Senate President Pro Tempore Hugh Leatherman, R-Florence, will be challenged by Florence County GOP Chairman Richard Skipper and Florence County Treasurer Dean Fowler.

District 33: Sen. Luke Rankin, R-Horry, will face a challenge by Scott Pyle, owner of a financial services company.

District 34: The seat is being vacated by Sen. Ray Cleary, R-Georgetown. Republican state Rep. Stephen Goldfinch, an attorney, Goldfinch’s former law partner Reese Boyd, an attorney, Pawleys Island resident Joe Ford and Myrtle Beach resident Dick Withington will be vying for the Republican nomination.

District 35: Sen. Thomas McElveen, D-Sumter, is seeking re-election.

District 36: Sen. Kevin Johnson, D-Clarendon, is seeking re-election.

District 37: State Sen. Larry Grooms, R-Berkeley, will be challenged by Hanahan native Mark Heath, who runs an insurance brokerage business.

District 38: Sen. Sean Bennett, R-Dorchester, is seeking re-election.

District 39: Sen. John Matthews, D-Orangeburg, is seeking re-election.

District 40: Sen. Brad Hutto, D-Orangeburg, is seeking re-election.

District 41: The seat being vacated by Sen. Paul Thurmond, R-Charleston, has five GOP contenders: Culver Kidd, a prosecutor; Tim Mallard, a former Charleston City Council member and president of Mallard & Associates; Roy Maybank, an attorney; Joseph Qualey, an attorney who sits on the Charleston County Council; and Sandy Senn, a lawyer who has worked as general counsel for the S.C. Sheriff’s Association.

District 42: Sen. Marlon Kimpson, D-Charleston, will face the senator he succeeded, Robert Ford, who resigned from office before pleading guilty to misusing campaign money.

District 43: Sen. Chip Campsen, R-Charleston, is seeking re-election.

District 44: Sen. Paul Campbell, R-Berkeley, will face a primary challenger, Tony Coleman of Berkeley.

District 45: Sen. Margie Bright Matthews, D-Colleton, is seeking re-election.

District 46: Sen. Tom Davis, R-Beaufort, is seeking re-election.

S.C. House races

District 1: Rep. Bill Whitmire, R-Oconee, is seeking re-election.

District 2: Rep. Bill Sandifer, R-Oconee, is seeking re-election.

District 3: Rep. Gary Clary, R-Pickens, has a Libertarian challenger Travis McCurry.

District 4: Rep. David Hiott, R-Pickens, is seeking re-election.

District 5: Rep, Neal Collins, R-Pickens, will face a Republican challenger Rick Tate.

District 6: Rep. Brian White, R-Anderson, is seeking re-election.

District 7: Belton City Councilman Jay West, R-Anderson, is running for the seat currently held by Rep. Mike Gambrell, who has filed to run for the S.C. Senate.

District 8: Rep. Jonathon Hill, R-Anderson, has Republican challengers; Albert Howard, a local businessman and minister and former state Rep. Don Bowen.

District 9: Rep, Anne Thayer, R-Anderson, will have a general-election challenge from Mary Geren, a Tri-County Technical College instructor.

District 10: Rep. Joshua Putnam, R-Anderson, is seeking re-election.

District 11: Rep. Craig Gagnon, R-Abbeville, is seeking re-election.

District 12: Rep. Anne Parks, D-Greenwood, is seeking re-election.

District 13: State Rep. Shannon Riley, R-Greenwood, announced he will not seek re-election. Republican John McCravy and Democrat Michael Gaskin have filed for the seat.

District 14: Rep. Mike Pitts, R-Laurens, is seeking re-election.

District 15: Rep. Samuel Rivers, R-Charleston, has a primary challenger, Steven Smith, a pastor who works in corporate finance for Verizon Wireless.

District 16: Rep. Mark Willis, R-Greenville, is seeking re-election.

District 17: Rep. Mike Burns, R-Greenville, is seeking re-election.

District 18: Rep. Tommy Stringer, R-Greenville, is seeking re-election.

District 19: Rep. Dwight Loftis, R-Greenville, is seeking re-election.

District 20: Rep. Dan Hamilton, R-Greenville, is seeking re-election.

District 21: Rep. Phyllis Henderson, R-Greenville, is seeking re-election.

District 22: Rep. Wendy Nanney, R-Greenville, faces a primary challenge from Jason Elliott.

District 23: Rep. Chandra Dillard, D-Greenville, is seeking re-election.

District 24: Rep. Bruce Bannister, R-Greenville, is seeking re-election.

District 25: Rep. Leola Robinson-Simpson, D-Greenville, has a challenger with Tony Boyce from the Independence party.

District 26: Rep. Raye Felder, R-York, is seeking re-election.

District 27: Rep. Garry Smith, R-Greenville, is seeking re-election.

District 28: Rep. Eric Bedingfield, R-Greenville, is seeking re-election.

District 29: Rep. Dennis Moss, R-Cherokee, is seeking re-election.

District 30: Rep. Steve Moss, R-Cherokee, is seeking re-election.

District 31: Rep. Harold Mitchell, D-Spartanburg, is seeking re-election. Republican Richard Gosnell of Spartanburg also is vying for the seat.

District 32: Rep. Derham Cole, R-Spartanburg, is seeking re-election.

District 33: Rep. Eddie Tallon, R-Spartanburg, is seeking re-election.

District 34: Rep. Mike Forrester, R-Spartanburg, is seeking re-election.

District 35: Rep. Bill Chumley, R-Spartanburg, is seeking re-election.

District 36: Rep. Rita Allison, R-Spartanburg, is seeking re-election.

District 37: Rep. Donna Hicks, R-Spartanburg, has a primary challenger, Steven Long, an insurance agent. Democrat Michael Pratt also filed.

District 38: Rep. Doug Brannon, R-Spartanburg, has a primary challenger with Josiah Magnuson.

District 39: Rep. Ralph Kennedy, R-Lexington, has a primary challenger, Cally Forrest. Democrat Tillman Gives also filed.

District 40: Rep. Walt McLeod, D-Newberry, is retiring after 20 years in the House. Democrats Carlton Kinard, immediate past student body president at Newberry College, and Craig Kesler will face off for the Democratic nomination. Republicans David Koon, a senior deputy Columbia fire marshal, and Rick Martin, who owns Newberry’s Battery Outlet, plans to run in November.

District 41: Rep. MaryGail Douglas, D-Fairfield, is seeking re-election.

District 42: Rep. Mike Anthony, D-Union, will face a Republican contender in the general election – Tommy Mann, a former associate pastor at Philippi Baptist Church and substitute teacher for Union County schools, or Mark Cathcart, who owns a cattle farm.

District 43: Rep. Greg Delleney, R-Chester, is seeking re-election.

District 44: Rep. Mandy Powers Norrell, D-Lancaster, is seeking re-election.

District 45: Rep. Deborah Long, R-Lancaster, is retiring after four terms. Brandon Newton, Lancaster County GOP chairman, and Tyler Mitchell, a Democrat who worked for U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan are vying to be her successor.

District 46: Rep. Gary Simrill, R-York, is seeking re-election.

District 47: Rep. Tommy Pope, R-York, is seeking re-election.

District 48: Rep. Ralph Norman, R-York, is seeking re-election.

District 49: Rep. John King, D-York, is seeking re-election.

District 50: Rep. Grady Brown, D-Lee, is retiring after 16 terms. Will Wheeler, Crystal Cunningham, Tom Drayton, Keith Johnson, Brian Alston and Demoine Kinney are seeking the Democratic nomination.

District 51: Rep. David Weeks, D-Sumter, is seeking re-election.

District 52: Rep. Laurie Funderburk, D-Kershaw, is seeking re-election.

District 53: Rep. Richie Yow, R-Chesterfield, is seeking re-election.

District 54: Rep. Pat Henegan, D-Marlboro, will face a general election challenger, Republican J.D. Chaplin.

District 55: Rep. Jackie Hayes, D-Dillon, is seeking re-election.

District 56: Rep. Mike Ryhal, R-Horry, is seeking re-election.

District 57: Rep. Wayne George, D-Marion, is not running again. Democrats Ryan Waller, Lucas Atkinson, Lee Jenkins and Darryl Burns are seeking to replace him.

District 58: Rep. Jeff Johnson, R-Horry, is seeking re-election and Democratic candidate John Ward plans to challenge him in November.

District 59: Rep. Terry Alexander, D-Florence, is seeking re-election.

District 60: Rep. Phillip Lowe, R-Florence, is seeking re-election.

District 61: Rep. Roger Kirby, D-Florence, is seeking re-election.

District 62: Rep. Robert Williams, D-Darlington, is seeking re-election.

District 63: Rep. Jay Jordan, R-Florence, has a primary challenger – Will Breazeale, an airline pilot and Army veteran who ran unsuccessfully for S.C. adjutant general in 2014.

District 64: State Rep. Robert Ridgeway, D-Clarendon, will be challenged by Alexander Herc Conyers and Mitch Ellerby.

District 65: House Speaker Jay Lucas, R-Darlington, is seeking re-election.

District 66: Rep. Gilda Cobb-Hunter, D-Orangeburg, is seeking re-election.

District 67: Rep. Murrell Smith, R-Sumter, is seeking re-election.

District 68: Rep. Heather Crawford, R-Horry, is seeking re-election.

District 69: Rep. Rick Quinn, R-Lexington, has a primary challenger – Ryan Holt, a lawyer and director of Lexington Medical Center. Democrat Michael Robert Petrone also filed.

District 70: Rep. Joe Neal, D-Richland, is seeking re-election.

District 71: Rep. Nathan Ballentine, R-Richland, is seeking re-election.

District 72: Rep. James Smith, D-Richland, is seeking re-election.

District 73: Rep. Chris Hart, D-Richland, is seeking re-election.

District 74: Rep. Todd Rutherford, D-Richland, is seeking re-election.

District 75: Rep. Kirkman Finlay, R-Richland, is seeking re-election. Columbia attorney Tyler Gregg also is running for the seat as a Democrat.

District 76: Rep. Leon Howard, D-Richland, is seeking re-election.

District 77: Rep. Joe McEachern, D-Richland, is seeking re-election.

District 78: Rep. Beth Bernstein, D-Richland, is seeking re-election.

District 79: Rep. McLeod, D-Richland, will vacate her House seat to run for the state Senate. At least three Democrats plan to run to succeed her – Ivory Thigpen, a pastor and chiropractor, Monica Elkins, a Richland 2 school board trustee and 25-year educator, and Columbia attorney Vannie Williams.

District 80: Rep. Jimmy Bales, D-Richland, will face a primary challenger, Brian Burke of Columbia.

District 81: Rep. Don Wells, R-Aiken, is retiring from the House. K.T. Ruthven, the Aiken County GOP chairman, and Republican Bart Blackwell of Aiken are running.

District 82: Rep. Bill Clyburn, D-Aiken, is seeking re-election.

District 83: Rep. Bill Hixon, R-Aiken, is seeking re-election.

District 84: Rep. Chris Corley, R-Aiken, is seeking re-election.

District 85: Rep. Chip Huggins, R-Lexington, has a primary challenger, Bryan Clifton of Irmo, founder of Clifton Custom Homes.

District 86: Rep. Bill Taylor, R-Aiken, is seeking re-election.

District 87: Rep. Todd Atwater, R-Lexington, is seeking re-election.

District 88: Rep. Mac Toole, R-Lexington, is seeking re-election.

District 89: Rep. Kenny Bingham, R-Lexington, announced he will not seek re-election. Republicans Micah Caskey, Bill Banning and Billy Oswald have filed for the seat as well as Democrat Rosemounda “Peggy” Butler.

District 90: Rep. Justin Bamberg, D-Bamberg, will have a general election challenge from Republican Dan Lawrence.

District 91: Rep. Lonnie Hosey, D-Barnwell, is seeking re-election.

District 92: Rep. Joe Daning, R-Berkeley, is seeking re-election.

District 93: Rep. Russell Ott, D-Calhoun, is seeking re-election.

District 94: Rep. Jenny Horne, R-Dorchester, is not seeking re-election as she runs for Congress against incumbent 1st District U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford, R-Charleston. Republicans Carroll Duncan, a Dorchester County Council member, and Katie Arrington of Summerville are running for Horne’s seat.

District 95: Rep. Jerry Govan, D-Orangeburg, is seeking re-election.

District 96: Rep. Kit Spires, R-Lexington, is seeking re-election and will face a primary challenger, Perry Finch.

District 97: Rep. Patsy Knight, D-Dorchester, is seeking re-election.

District 98: Rep. Chris Murphy, R-Dorchester, is seeking re-election.

District 99: Rep. Jim Merrill, R-Berkeley, is seeking re-election.

District 100: Rep. Edward Southard, R-Berkeley, is seeking re-election.

District 101: Rep. Cezar McKnight, D-Williamsburg, is seeking re-election.

District 102: Rep. Joe Jefferson, D-Berkeley, is seeking re-election.

District 103: Rep. Carl Anderson, D-Georgetown, is seeking re-election.

District 104: Rep. Greg Duckworth, R-Horry, is seeking re-election.

District 105: Rep. Kevin Hardee, R-Horry, is seeking re-election.

District 106: Rep. Russell Fry, R-Horry, is seeking re-election.

District 107: Rep. Alan Clemmons, R-Horry, is seeking re-election.

District 108: State Rep. Stephen Goldfinch, R-Georgetown, plans to run for the S.C. Senate. Lee Hewitt, a Murrells Inlet realtor and S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control board member, has filed to run as a Republican for Goldfinch’s House seat.

District 110: Rep. Chip Limehouse, R-Charleston, is retiring. At least five Republicans are running to succeed him: William Cogswell Jr., who owns a real estate development firm; Will Freeman, who works it the tourism industry, Russell Guerard, a real estate broker who ran against Limehouse in 2014; attorney Trey Harrell, the son of former S.C. House Speaker Bobby Harrell; and Edward Phipps, an attorney.

District 111: Rep. Wendell Gilliard, D-Charleston, is seeking re-election.

District 112: Rep. Mike Sottile, R-Charleston, has a primary challenger – Patrick Cloud, a boat captain and conservationist.

District 113: Rep. Seth Whipper, D-Charleston, is seeking re-election.

District 114: Rep. Mary Tinkler, D-Charleston, who won former Speaker Harrell’s seat after the Republican pleaded guilty to charges of misusing campaign money, will not run for re-election. Charleston County GOP chairwoman Lin Bennett plans to run for the seat in the historically Republican district. Democrat Bob Aubin also is seeking the seat.

District 116: Rep. Robert Brown, D-Charleston, will face a primary challenge from Eric Mack.

District 117: Rep. Bill Crosby, R-Charleston, is seeking re-election.

District 118: Rep. Bill Herbkersman, R-Beaufort, is seeking re-election.

District 119: Rep. Leon Stavrinakis, D-Charleston, is seeking re-election. Republican Lee Edwards also is running.

District 120: Rep. Weston Newton, R-Beaufort, is seeking re-election.

District 121: Democrats Michael Rivers and Grahame Holmes have filed for the seat currently held by Rep. Kenneth Hodges, D-Colleton. Republican James Broderick also is running.

District 122: Rep. Bill Bowers, R-Hampton, will have competition from one of two Democrats, John Polk or Curtis Brantley.

District 123: Rep. Jeff Bradley, R-Beaufort, is seeking re-election.

District 124: Rep. Shannon Erickson, R-Beaufort, is seeking re-election.

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