COLUMBIA — Marguerite Willis, an antitrust attorney from Florence, joined the governor’s race Wednesday, told The Post and Courier on Wednesday that she will seek the Democratic nomination for governor this year.
This is Willis’ first run for office, though her husband, Frank, was mayor of Florence for 14 years and ran unsuccessfully for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination in 2006.
The 67-year-old Greenville native will face State Rep. James Smith, who has the backing from many establishment Democrats including former Vice President Joe Biden, and Charleston businessman Phil Noble in the June 12 primary.
Willis said she is not a career politician like Smith, who has served in the Statehouse for two decades, and can offer better solutions than Noble. She said she would bring her work ethic and critical thinking developed as an attorney at Nexsen Pruet to the governor’s mansion. Her motto is “If it’s easy, you don’t need me.”
“I am a proactive problem solver,” Willis said. I’m not a politician. I’ve just got a different perspective. We have to deal with wolves at the door.”
The “wolves” include