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Who is running for Congress and Senate from SC


Primaries for the 2022 elections in South Carolina will be held June 14 as voters whittle down Republican and Democratic candidates ahead of the general election on Nov. 8.

Voters can participate in any one party’s primary in South Carolina, which does not provide registration by party.

If no candidate wins more than 50% of the vote in the race for an office, a runoff will be held on June 28, and voters who participated in that party’s primary will be eligible to vote in the runoff.

Visit scvotes.gov to register to vote, check eligibility, view sample ballots and find polling places. Voters must register at least 30 days in advance of an election to vote in it.

The information below is provided by The Greenville News, Anderson Independent Mail and Spartanburg Herald Journal as a service to our readers. The information was provided by the candidates, except what was found in background checks.

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Candidates running for 4th District Congressional seat

Name: Michael “Mike” LaPierre

Party: Republican

Political experience: Finished second to incumbent U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham in 2020 Republican primary

Short bio: Entrepreneur, author, corporate executive; bachelor’s degree from Brown University; master’s degree from Clemson University

Background check: A search of court records revealed no felony conviction in South Carolina.

William Timmons, 4th District Congressman

Name: William Timmons (incumbent)

Party: Republican

Political experience: U.S. Congressman, 4th District of South Carolina, since 2019; former state senator, District 6

Short bio: Small business owner; former prosecutor with South Carolina’s 13th Circuit Solicitor’s office; Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAG) officer and captain in the South Carolina Air National Guard

Background check: A search of court records revealed no felony conviction in South Carolina.

Mark Burns, Congressional 4th District candidate

Name: Mark Burns

Party: Republican

Political experience: None. 

Short bio: Pastor and motivational speaker; served in South Carolina Army National Guard; founded the multicultural, non-denominational contemporary church The Harvest Praise & Worship Center of Easley

Background check: A search of court records revealed no felony conviction in South Carolina.

George Abuzeid, Congressional 4th District candidate

Name: George Abuzeid

Party: Republican

Political experience: None

Short bio: Airline pilot, served in the Navy from 2010 to 2021, bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas, graduate degree from Johns Hopkins University

Background check: A search of court records revealed no felony conviction in South Carolina.

Ken Hill, Congressional 4th District candidate

Candidate: Ken Hill

Party: Democrat

Political experience: N/A

Short bio: Quality control inspector at a Nuclear Power Plant.

Background check: A search of court records revealed no felony conviction in South Carolina.

Michael Chandler, Congressional 4th District candidate

Candidate: Michael Chandler

Party: Constitution

Political experience: Finished third behind Democrat Kim Nelson and Republican William Timmons in 2020 general election for U.S. House South Carolina, District 4; finished third behind Democrat Archie Parnell and Republican Ralph Norman in2018 general election for U.S. House, District 5

Short bio: Retired from Dish Corp.

Background check: N/A

Candidates running for 3rd District Congressional seat

Republicans

U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan talks during his 10th annual Faith and Freedomduring Congressman Jeff Duncan's 10th annual Faith and Freedom BBQ at the Civic Center of Anderson Monday, August 23, 2021. The guest speaker was South Dakota Gov Kristi Noem.

Candidate: Jeff Duncan

Occupation: Real estate broker

Why are you running for office: I am asking for your support so that I can continue fighting for American jobs, energy independence, and the ideals instilled in our Constitution by the Founding Fathers. I am proud to stand with hard-working patriots who support our law enforcement and tirelessly fight for the rights of the unborn. Further, I am proud to stand up for small businesses throughout South Carolina by fighting tax hikes and bureaucratic red tape. As I note often, America’s debt problem is not from a lack of taxing but rather is a result of unchecked spending. Having been recognized as one of the most fiscally conservative members of Congress, I believe Washington must learn to live within a budget just as countless families do throughout the country. Together, we will continue to support common-sense policies that protect our Constitutional rights and that keep the American Dream alive for our posterity.

Background check: A search of court records has revealed no felony conviction or civil judgment against Duncan in South Carolina

Democrats

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Tim Scott, U.S. Senator, South Carolina

Candidates running for Senate

Name: Tim Scott, incumbent

Party: Republican

Political experience: U.S. Senator, South Carolina, since 2013; former member of the state House of Representatives, 1st District; former member Charleston County Council

Short bio: bachelor of science degree, Charleston Southern University; alumnus of South Carolina’s Palmetto Boys State program

Background check: A search of court records revealed no felony conviction in South Carolina

Catherine Fleming Bruce, Candidate U.S. Senator

Democrats

Name: Catherine Fleming Bruce 

Party: Democrat

Political experience: N/A

Short bio: Writer/preservationist; MA degree in mass communication and information studies at the University of South Carolina, and pursued doctoral studies there in that department, with a focus on philosophy and ethics, international relations and international law. 

Background check: A search of court records revealed no felony conviction in South Carolina

Angela Geter, Candidate U.S. Senator

Name: Angela Geter

Party: Democrat

Political experience: Former chairwoman, Spartanburg County Democratic Party

Short bio: Owner-operator of a Spartanburg-based accounting consulting firm; Air Force veteran; associate degree in medical laboratory Technology from the Community College of the Air Force and a BS degree in accounting from Troy State University.

Background check: A search of court records revealed no felony conviction in South Carolina

Krystle Matthews, Candidate U.S. Senate

Name: Krystle Matthews

Party: Democrat

Political experience: Member of the South Carolina House of Representatives, District 117, since 2019. 

Short bio: Engineering planner; associate degreeBowling Green University of Ohio; attended Trident Technical College; attended, University of Cincinnati

Background check: A search of court records revealed no felony conviction in South Carolina.



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