Who is running for Congress and SC Senate

The primaries for South Carolina’s 2022 election will take place on June 14 as voters narrow down Republican and Democratic candidates ahead of the November 8 general election.

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

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

Visit scvotes.gov to register to vote, check eligibility, view sample ballots, and find polling locations. Voters must register at least 30 days before an election to vote.

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 applicants, except for what was found during the background check.

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Candidates vying for 4th Congressional District seat

Last name: Michael “Mike” LaPierre

To party: Republican

Political experience: Finished second to incumbent U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham in the 2020 Republican Primary

Short biography: Entrepreneur, author, business executive; BA from Brown University; master’s degree from Clemson University

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

William Timmons, Congressman for the 4th District

Last name: William Timmons (incumbent)

To party: Republican

Political experience: US Congressman, 4th District of South Carolina, since 2019; former State Senator, District 6

Short biography: SME boss; former prosecutor for the South Carolina 13th Circuit District Attorney’s Office; Officer and Captain of the Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAG) in the South Carolina Air National Guard

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

Mark Burns, candidate for the 4th congressional district

Last name: Mark Burns

To party: Republican

Political experience: None.

Short biography: Pastor and motivational speaker; served in the 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 convictions in South Carolina.

George Abuzeid, candidate for the 4th congressional district

Last name: Georges Abuzeid

To party: Republican

Political experience: None

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

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

Ken Hill, candidate for the 4th congressional district

Candidate: Ken Hill

To party: Democrat

Political experience: N / A

Short biography: Quality control inspector in a nuclear power plant.

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

Michael Chandler, candidate for the 4th congressional district

Candidate: Michael Chandler

To party: Constitution

Political experience: Finished third behind Democrat Kim Nelson and Republican William Timmons in the 2020 general election for US House South Carolina, District 4; finished third behind Democrat Archie Parnell and Republican Ralph Norman in the 2018 general election for US House, District 5

Short biography: Retired from Dish Corp.

Background check: N / A

Candidates vying for 3rd Congressional District seat

Republicans

U.S. Representative Jeff Duncan speaks during his 10th Annual Faith and Freedom BBQ with Congressman Jeff Duncan at the Anderson Civic Center on Monday, August 23, 2021. The guest speaker was South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem.

Candidate: Jeff Duncan

Occupation: Real Estate Broker

Why are you running for election: I ask for your support so that I can continue to fight for American jobs, energy independence, and the ideals instilled in our Constitution by the Founding Fathers. I am proud to stand with hardworking patriots who support our law enforcement and tirelessly fight for the rights of unborn children. Plus, I’m proud to stand up for small businesses in South Carolina by fighting against tax hikes and bureaucracy. As I often note, America’s debt problem is not due to a lack of taxation, but rather to uncontrolled spending. Having been recognized as one of the most fiscally conservative members of Congress, I think Washington needs to learn to live on a budget, just like countless families across the country are doing. Together, we will continue to support common sense policies that protect our constitutional rights and keep the American dream alive for our posterity.

Background check: A search of court records revealed no felony convictions or civil judgments against Duncan in South Carolina

Democrats

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Tim Scott, U.S. Senator, South Carolina

Candidates running for the Senate

Last name: Tim Scott, incumbent

To party: Republican

Political experience: US Senator, South Carolina, since 2013; former member of the State House of Representatives, 1st District; former member of Charleston County Council

Short biography: BSc, Charleston Southern University; South Carolina Palmetto Boys State Program alumnus

Background check: A search of court records found no felony convictions in South Carolina

Catherine Fleming Bruce, candidate for US senator

Democrats

Last name: Catherine FlemingBruce

To party: Democrat

Political experience: N / A

Short biography: Writer/curator; Master’s degree in Mass Communications and Information Studies at the University of South Carolina, and pursued doctoral studies there in that department, with emphasis on philosophy and ethics, international relations, and law international.

Background check: A search of court records found no felony convictions in South Carolina

Angela Geter, US senator candidate

Last name: Angela Geter

To party: Democrat

Political experience: Former Spartanburg County Democratic Party Chairwoman

Short biography: Owner-operator of a Spartanburg-based accounting consultancy; Air Force veteran; associate’s degree in medical laboratory technology from the Community College of the Air Force and a BS in accounting from Troy State University.

Background check: A search of court records found no felony convictions in South Carolina

Krystle Matthews, US Senate candidate

Last name: Krystle Matthews

To party: Democrat

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

Short biography: engineering planner; associate degree, Bowling Green University of Ohio; attended Trident Technical College; attended, University of Cincinnati

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

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