Charleston County Councilman Vic Rawl officially announced his campaign this morning for the U.S. Senate.

He’ll be challenging first-term incumbent Sen. Jim DeMint, a Republican who has become a national sweetheart of the conservative movement.

DeMint has become synonymous with Republican obstructionism regarding the Congressional healthcare debate, telling conservative activists last summer that defeating healthcare would break Obama and be his “Waterloo.”

Rawl says he’s campaigning to end the partisan battles and find consensus-building solutions.

“I am not an ideologue,” he says. “I do not revel in gridlock.”

For example, Rawl noted that there are reforms to the processing and collection of medical records that have strong support, but get overlooked in the larger healthcare debate.

The Democrat also listed a string of priorities, including jobs, education, healthcare, the national debt, and ongoing conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Rawl spent 26 years in the National Guard, eight years in the state House of Representatives, more than a decade as a Circuit Court judge, and he was elected to Charleston County Council in 2008.