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South Carolina State Legislative Candidates


South Carolina State Legislative Candidates

Dear Supporter,

Campaign for Liberty gave candidates for State House and Senate an opportunity to provide a straight answer to the following questions.  The candidates’ answers can be seen below the list of questions.

Please note: There were a large number of candidates who were forced to become “petition” candidates because of an unprecedented ruling by the state Supreme Court. These legitimate Republican candidates challenging incumbents were kicked off the ballot without a vote. Because the incumbent legislators exercise tremendous control over the courts, many people saw this as a form of “incumbent protection.” For this reason, Campaign For Liberty made a special effort to survey “petition” candidates on this year’s Candidate Survey.


  1. Do you oppose the use of all public money to fund any lobbying activity including, but not limited to public employees, consultants, or contractors lobbying legislators to increase the size, funding or power of government?
  2. Will you support a “Constitutional Carry” bill that would allow any law-abiding citizen to carry a firearm openly and concealed without a permit?
  3. Will you support legislation to nullify ObamaCare and authorize state and local law enforcement to arrest federal officials attempting to implement the unconstitutional health care scheme, known as ObamaCare?
  4. Will you support removing the exemption so that legislators will be required to comply with the South Carolina Freedom of Information Act the same as every other branch and level of government?
  5. Will you oppose any attempt to pass a ban on texting while driving, which has been shown to increase crash rates?
  6. Will you support legislation that would allow school tax credits to parents who choose to educate their children in private or home schools?
  7. Will you support full transparency for all “economic development” deals that involve giving public money, land, grants, subsidies or incentives to any private entity as described above?


State House Y=Yes “N”=No “+”=Will Sponsor
District Party First Last City Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Q5 Q6 Q7
1 D John W Hester Salem
1 R Bill Whitmore Walhalla
1 R* John Dalen Westminster Y+ Y+ Y+ Y+ Y+ Y+ Y+
2 R* Ed Rumsey Seneca Y+ Y+ Y Y Y Y+ Y+
2 R William Sandifer Seneca
3 R* Ed J Harris Clemson Y N Y N Y Y
3 R B R Skelton Six Mile
4 R David Hiott Pickens
5 R Phillip Owens Easley
6 R William B White Anderson
7 R Michael W Gambrell Honea Path
8 R* Ted W Luckadoo Anderson
8 R Don Bowen Anderson
9 R Anne Thayer Belton Y+ Y+ Y+ Y+ Y+
10 R Joshua Putnam Easley
11 I* Bob Shirley Abbeville Y+ Y+ Y+ Y+ N Y Y+
11 D Lee Garrett Calhoun Falls
11 R Craig Gagnon Abbeville
12 D Julia Anne Parks Greenwood
13 R Robert Shannon Riley Hodges
13 D* Robert E Merritt Greenwood Y N N Y N N N
14 R Michael A Pitts Laurens
14 D Ed Taylor Laurens Y N N Y N N Y
15 R* Samuel Rivers Goose Creek Y Y Y Y N Y Y
16 R Mark N Willis Fountain Inn Y+ Y+ Y+ Y+ Y Y
17 R Tom Corbin Travelers Rest Y+ Y+ Y+ Y+ Y Y Y
18 R Tommy Stringer Greer
19 R Dwight A Loftis Greenville
20 R Daniel Hamilton Taylors Y+ Y+ Y Y+ Y+ Y
21 R Phyllis Henderson Greer
22 R Wendy Nanney Greenville
23 D Chandra Dillard Greenville
24 R Bruce W Bannister Greenville
24 G Joseph L. Martin
25 D Leola Robinson-Simpson Greenville
26 R* Regina R Felder Fort Mill
26 L Jeremy C. Walters Fort Mill
27 R Garry R Smith Simpsonville Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
28 R Eric Bedingfield Mauldin
29 R Dennis C Moss Gaffney
30 R Van S Moss Blacksburg
31 D Harold Mitchell Spartanburg
32 R Joseph D Cole Spartanburg
33 R Edward Tallon Spartanburg
34 R* Gaye Holt Moore Y+ Y+ Y+ Y+ Y+ Y+
34 R Paul M Forrester Spartanburg
35 R William Chumley Reidville Y Y Y+ Y+ Y Y Y
36 R* Jim McMillan Lyman
36 R Rita Allison Lyman Y Y Y Y Y Y
37 R Donna Wood Spartanburg Y+ Y+ Y+ Y+ N Y+ Y+
38 R Norman D Brannon Landrum
39 R* Phil Perry Saluda
39 R Ralph Shealy Kennedy Leesville
40 D Walton McLeod Little Mountain
41 D MaryGail Douglas Winnsboro
41 R William Gray Ridgeway Y+ Y Y Y N Y Y
42 D Mike Anthony Union
43 R Francis G Delleney Chester
44 R* Joseph Coy Heath Springs
44 D Mandy Powers Norrell Lancaster
44 R Michael R Payne Heath Springs Y+ Y+ Y+ Y Y Y+
45 R Deborah Long Indian Land
46 R Gary Simrill Rock Hill
47 R Thomas Pope Rock Hill
48 R Ralph W Norman Rock Hill
49 D John R King Rock Hill
50 D Grady Brown Bishopville
51 D J David Weeks Sumter
52 D Laurie Slade Funderburk Camden
52 R David Herndon Elgin Y Y Y Y+ Y Y Y+
53 D* Phil Powell Cheraw
53 D Ted Martin Vick Chesterfield
53 R Richard Yow Cheraw Y+ Y+ Y Y+ Y Y+ Y+
54 D Elizabeth R Munnerlyn Bennettsville
55 D Jackie Hayes Dillon
56 R* Dennis DiSabato Myrtle Beach
56 R* Michael Ryhal Myrtle Beach
57 D Joseph W George Mullins
57 R Eric Fry Nichols
58 R Liston D Barfield Aynor
59 D Terry Alexander Florence
60 R Phillip Lowe Florence
61 D Lester Branham Lake City
62 D Robert Williams Darlington
62 R Ronald Reese Page Darlington
63 D Austin Smith Florence
63 R Kris Crawford Florence
64 * Willie Bethune Gable
64 D* Robert L Ridgeway Manning
65 R James H Lucas Hartsville
66 D Gilda Cobb-Hunter Orangeburg
67 R Murrell Smith Sumter
68 R Heather Ammons Crawford Myrtle Beach
69 D Robert Bob Vanlue
69 R Rick Quinn Lexington
70 D Joseph Neal Hopkins
71 R Nathan Ballentine Chapin
72 D James E Smith Columbia
73 D Christopher Hart Columbia
74 D J Todd Rutherford Columbia
75 D Joe McCulloch Columbia
75 R Kirkman Finlay Columbia
76 D Leon Howard Columbia
76 R Charles Hill Columbia Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
77 D Joe McEachern Columbia
78 D Beth Bernstein Columbia
78 R Joan Brady Columbia
79 D Mia Butler Garrick Columbia
80 D Jimmy Bales Eastover
81 R* Jane Vaughters Aiken
81 R Don Wells Aiken
82 D William C Clyburn Aiken
83 R William Hixon North Augusta
84 R James Roland Smith Warrenville
85 R Chip Huggins Columbia
86 R Bill Taylor Aiken
87 R Todd Atwater Lexington
88 R Mac Toole West Columbia Y+ Y+ Y+ Y+ Y Y+ Y+
89 R Kenneth Bingham Cayce
90 D Bakari Sellers Denmark
90 R Dan Lawrence Walterboro
91 D Lonnie Hosey Barnwell
91 R Ben Kinlaw Barnwell Y+ Y+ Y+ Y+ N Y Y
92 R Joe Daning Goose Creek
93 D Harry L Ott St. Matthews
94 R Jenny Horne Summerville
95 D Jerry N Govan Orangeburg
96 R Lawrence K Spires Pelion
97 D Patsy G Knight St George
97 R Edward Carter Dorchester Y+ Y+ Y Y+ N Y+ Y
98 R Christopher Murphy Summerville
99 R James Merrill Charleston
100 R Edward L Southard Moncks Corner Y+ Y Y+ Y+ Y+ Y+
100 D Tonia Aiken-Taylor Moncks Corner
101 D Ronnie A Sabb Kingstree
102 D Joe Jefferson Pineville
102 R Allan Weiss Cross
103 R* Thomas Winslow Georgetown
103 D Carl L Anderson Georgetown
104 D Charles Randall Little River
104 R Tracy R Edge North Myrtle Beach
105 R* Michael Connett Loris
105 R* Kevin J Hardee Loris
105 R* Blake Hewitt Conway
105 R* William B von Herrmann Conway Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
105 R* William E Wiegand Conway Y N Y Y N Y Y
106 R Nelson Hardwick Surfside Beach
107 R Alan Clemmons Myrtle Beach
108 R Stephen Goldfinch Murrells Inlet Y+ Y+ Y+ Y+ Y+ Y+ Y+
109 D David Mack North Charleston
110 R Chip Limehouse Charleston
111 D Wendell G Gilliard Charleston
112 R Mike Sottile Isle of Palms
113 D Jackson S Whipper North Charleston
114 R* John Steinberger Charleston Y+ Y+ Y+ Y+ Y+ Y+ Y+
114 G Larry Carter Center Charleston
114 R Bobby Harrell Charleston
115 R Peter McCoy Charleston
115 D* Carol Tempel Charleston
116 D Robert L Brown Hollywood
117 R Bill Crosby North Charleston
118 R Bill Herbkersman Bluffton
119 D Leon Stavrinakis Charleston
120 R Weston Newton Bluffton
121 D Kenneth F Hodges Green Pond
122 D Bill Bowers Columbia
123 R Andy Patrick Hilton Head Island
124 R Shannon S Erickson Beaufort
State Senate
1 R Thomas C Alexandar Walhalla
2 R Larry A Martin Pickens
2 R* Rex F Rice Easley Y+ Y+ Y+ Y+ Y Y+ Y+
3 R Kevin L Bryant Anderson Y+ Y+ Y+ Y Y Y Y
4 R William H O’Dell Greenwood
5 R Tom Corbin Greenville
6 R* Tommie Reece Greenville
6 R Michael L Fair Greenville
7 D Karl B Allen Greenville
7 R Jane Kizer Mauldin Y+ Y+ Y+ Y+ Y+ Y+ Y+
8 R Ross Turner Greenville
9 R Daniel B Verdin Laurens
10 D Floyd Nicholson Greenwood
10 R Jennings G McAbee McCormick
11 R* Kerry Wood Inman
11 D Glenn Reese Inman
12 D Henri Thompson Lyman
12 R Lee Bright Spartanburg Y+ Y+ Y+ Y+ Y Y+ Y+
13 R Shane Martin Spartanburg
14 R Harvey Peeler Gaffney
15 R Wes Hayes Rock Hill Y Y N
15 R* Joe Thompson Rock Hill  Y+  Y  Y+  Y+  Y  Y+  Y+
16 R Greg Gregory Lancaster
17 D Creighton B Coleman Winnsboro
17 R Bob Carrison Winnsboro Y+ Y+ Y Y+ Y+ Y
18 R Ronnie Cromer Prosperity
19 D John L Scott Columbia
20 D Robert Rikard Columbia
20 R John Courson Columbia
20 G Scott West
21 D Darrell Jackson Hopkins
22 D Joel Lourie Columbia
23 R* Katrina Shealy Lexington Y+ Y+ Y+ Y+ Y+ Y+ Y+
23 R Jake Knotts W. Columbia
23 C David R. Whetsell Lexington Y+ Y+ Y+ Y+ Y+ Y Y+
24 R* Tom Young Aiken
25 R Shane Massey Edgefield
26 D Nikki Setzler West Columbia
26 R Deedee Vaughters Aiken Y+ Y+ Y+ Y+ Y+ Y+ Y+
27 D Vincent Sheheen Camden
28 R* Greg Hembree Little River
28 D Butch Johnson Loris
29 D Gerald Malloy Hartsville
30 D Kent Williams Marion
31 R Hugh Leatherman Florence
32 D John Yancey McGill Kingstree
33 R Luke A Rankin Myrtle Beach
34 R Raymond Cleary Murrells Inlet
35 D Thomas McElveen Sumter
35 R Tony Barwick Sumter Y+ Y+ Y N Y+
36 D* Kevin L Johnson Manning
36 D* Shaun C Kent Manning
36 R Leon Winn Sumter
36 * Eleazer Carter Manning
37 R Larry Grooms Bonneau
38 R Sean Bennett Summerville
39 D John Matthews Bowman
40 D Brad Hutto Orangeburg
41 D Paul Tinkler Charleston
42 D Robert Ford Charleston
43 R Chip Campsen Isle of Palms
44 R Paul G Campbell Goose Creek
45 D Clementa Pinckney Ridgeland
45 R Leilani Bessinger Beaufort
46 R Tom Davis Beaufort