Can you march from The Citadel to the State House? Nancy Mace wants to find out.
Mace filed Monday to run for the S.C. House seat vacated by former House GOP Majority Leader Jim Merrill.
Mace made history in 1999, and a name for herself statewide, when she became the first woman to graduate from South Carolina’s formerly all-male military college.
Mace already had a campaign website up Monday, touting her experience as “a businesswoman, not a politician.”
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“I’ve got experience in business and politics, and I can tell you this – we desperately need more businesspeople and fewer politicians at the State House,” Mace says on the website. “Whether we’re talking taxes, infrastructure, education, the state pension fund or this latest mess with the nuclear plant, I just don’t see the oversight or accountability South Carolinians deserve.”
Mace, a Charleston real estate agent and former marketing consultant, ran for office in 2014, launching a long-shot bid against incumbent Lindsey Graham for the GOP nomination for the U.S. Senate. Mace won 6 percent of the vote in a seven-way primary.
Merrill resigned earlier this month, after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge of misconduct in office. He is one of several legislators to have been swept up in an ongoing corruption probe at the S.C. State House.
Mace joins two other Republicans seeking the Lowcountry seat: attorney Shawn Pinkston and Mount Pleasant town councilman Mark Smith. Democrat Cindy Boatwright also is running for the seat.
Filing in the special election ends on Sept. 23. Party primaries will be Nov. 14, and the special election will be Jan. 16, 2018.