Three Democratic gubernatorial candidates brought their political messages to the Georgetown County Democratic convention on Saturday at the Beck Center.
James Smith, a lawyer and 22-year lawmaker in the General Assembly; Phil Noble, a political consultant; and attorney Marguerite Willis continued to stake out their positions in an attempt to defeat the Republican establishment in Columbia in place since 2003.
“We’ve got a governor who’s never actually been elected governor,” said Smith. “Know what we’re going to do together? We’re going to be sure he’s never elected governor.”
Henry McMaster became governor when Nikki Haley was sworn in as ambassador to the United Nations. On the Republican side, McMaster is facing Lieutenant Gov. Kevin Bryant, Catherine Templeton, former head of the state’s Department of Health and Environmental Control; and Yancey McGill, the former Democratic state senator and lieutenant governor — he switched parties in 2016.
Smith said that the state needs an education governor. “I was privileged to introduce and sponsor something called South Carolina First Steps to School Readiness,” he said. “In our rural areas and across our state