South Carolina

SC politics: Ervin files signatures to run for governor

Ervin turns in signatures to run as petition candidate for governor

Gov. Nikki Haley’s former primary challenger says he has more than twice the necessary signatures to be on the ballot in November as a petition candidate.

Tom Ervin delivered four boxes of petitions Monday to the State Election Commission. The Greenville attorney needs signatures from 10,000 registered voters. Ervin says he and dozens of volunteers collected 20,137 signatures from across all 46 counties.

He’s turning them in more than a month early. The deadline for petition candidate-hopefuls is July 15.

The Election Commission must certify that the signatures are valid.

Ervin filed in late March to oppose Haley in Tuesday’s Republican primary. He withdrew less than two weeks later, saying he’s bypassing the primary because he needed more time to introduce himself to voters statewide.

Haley: Education funding must be yearly priority

Gov. Nikki Haley said Monday that passage of her education funding plan is just the first step of a multi-year effort.

Haley celebrated Monday her plan’s inclusion in the Legislature’s budget proposal for the fiscal year starting July 1. But she said the additional money is not a one-year fix.

Her education recommendations sailed through the budget process, as both the House and Senate adopted them.

The spending plan sent to Haley’s desk Thursday gives more money to students in poor, rural districts without taking money away from other districts. It spends more on poor students as well as on children whose primary language isn’t English.

It also provides more money for elementary school reading coaches and for technology upgrades.

Haley has through Wednesday to issue line-item vetoes of the budget.

Governor’s schedule, activities

Gov. Nikki Haley’s publicly announced schedule for the rest of this week, released Monday by her staff, is:

Tuesday, 9 a.m. – Vote at Mount Horeb United Methodist Church, Lexington

Tuesday, 11 a.m. – Take part in a groundbreaking ceremony, GE Power and Water, Greenville

Wednesday, 1 p.m. – Take part in a ribbon-cutting ceremony, Koyo Bearings, Blythewood

Wednesday, 3 p.m. – Join the Palmetto Trust for Historic Preservation to announce the 2014 Historic Preservation Award winners, State House

Thursday, 3 p.m. – Facility tour of Tidal Processing, Charleston

Friday, 11 a.m. – Speak at the Palmetto Boys and Girls State inauguration ceremony, State House

According to her staff, the governor’s activities last week included:

7 – Meetings concerning state policy

6 – Economic-development activities, including three meetings or calls, a tour of the Walgreens Distribution Center in Williamston, the ribbon-cutting ceremony for Nephron Pharmaceuticals in West Columbia, and a tour of Nucor Steel’s facility in Huger

4 – Speeches, to the 1st Monday Club of Anderson, the Electric Cooperatives of S.C. summer conference at Isle of Palms, the Spring Valley Rotary in Northeast Richland County, and the S.C. GOP’s 47th annual Silver Elephant dinner in Columbia

3 – Budget meetings

2 – Meetings concerning state agencies

1 each – Legislative meeting; phone conversation with University of South Carolina president Harris Pastides; meeting with Bulgarian ambassador, Elena Poptodorova; meeting with Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, who was in Columbia to address the Silver Elephant fundraiser; ceremonial bill signing of H.3540, allowing the governor to appoint the state adjutant general if voters approve

Busiest day: Thursday, with 10 activities

Slowest days: Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, with four activities each

From Staff Reports and The Associated Press