The S.C. governor’s race just got a bit more crowded.
Attorney Marguerite Willis told The State on Wednesday that she plans to announce her candidacy for the Democratic nomination from the front porch of her Florence home on Friday.
“I just thought, ‘If I don’t, who will?’ ” Willis said. “There’s a lane open for me. There’s an opportunity. I have something to say that I think will resonate with South Carolinians.”
Willis joins Charleston businessman Phil Noble and Columbia state Rep. James Smith in the June primary race.
Willis is a business attorney with the Nexsen Pruet law firm in Columbia. A Greenville native, Willis has worked for the firm for 18 years and co-chairs its antitrust practice.
Willis said she decided to join the race partly because of a recent poll showing the contest for the Democratic nomination could be competitive.
The litigator will jump into the race quickly, joining Noble and Smith in a debate Friday night at the Palmetto State Progressive Summit in Columbia.
“When I listen to both candidates, I don’t feel a dedication to immediacy,”