The chairman of the Dorchester County Democratic Party, Tim Lewis, announced Thursday he will be filing to run in the race to unseat 1st District Congresswoman Nancy Mace.

Lewis, a businessman and former Marine, is the second Democrat to announce a campaign for the seat. Annie Andrews, a pediatrician at the Medical University of South Carolina, announced her bid last month.

Lewis grew up in Harleyville, about an hour north of Charleston, and graduated from University of South Carolina on a Naval ROTC scholarship, according to his campaign website. After leaving the U.S. Marine Corps, he held various jobs in the Charlotte and Upstate, S.C., area. He has led the Dorchester County Democrats for two years, according to The Post and Courier.

“Tim grew up on a farm, served our country, worked in Fortune 100 corporations and even started his own business,” a campaign press release said Thursday. “Tim is no stranger to hard work and he is ready to get to work solving the issues that face the Lowcountry.”

Mace was elected to serve the 1st District in 2020, unseating Democratic former Congressman Joe Cunningham. She is expected to face a stiff Republican primary, with three challengers from her own party so far, according to Federal Election Commission (FEC) filings: Keith Blandford, Ingrid Centurion and Lynz Piper-Loomis.

When Andrews announced, Mace, through a spokesperson, told the City Paper, “Serving in Congress is the honor of my lifetime … I look forward to continuing to serve the 1st District.”

One other Democrat, Rebecca Cingolani, has filed paperwork with the FEC, but last month told the City Paper she will announce in January.

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