May 6—Angela Geter, chairwoman of the Spartanburg County Democratic Party, announced her 2022 candidacy to challenge the U.S. Senate seat of Tim Scott.
Scott, a Republican from Hanahan in Berkeley County, won the 2014 special election to serve the remainder of Republican Sen. Jim DeMint's term and was re-elected to a full six-year term in 2016. Scott's term ends Jan. 3, 2023.
Geter said she will formally announce her candidacy at 10 a.m. Thursday at Victor Memorial Veterans Park in Greer.
She is the second Democrat to announce her intent to run, joining state Rep. Krystle Matthews of Ladson, who represents the 117th District of Berkeley and Charleston counties in the state legislature. The 2022 Democratic primary date has not been set.
Republican Timothy Swain of Walterboro has announced his intent to face Scott in the 2022 GOP primary.
Geter said her campaign will focus on economic development, infrastructure and education.
Geter earned an associate degree from the Community College of the Air Force in 1994 and a bachelor's degree in accounting from Troy University in 1998. She also earned a master's in international business from Gardner-Webb University in 2007.
In 2017, Geter ran for the vacant state House District 31 seat of Harold Mitchell, who resigned due to health issues. Rosalyn Henderson Myers defeated Geter in the Democratic primary before defeating Republican Michael Fowler in the general election. Henderson Myers still holds that seat in the legislature.
South Carolina's other senator, Republican Lindsey Graham, defeated Democrat Jaime Harrison in November. His term ends Jan. 3, 2027.
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