Filing for the upcoming general election closed last Wednesday, and while we’ve covered a few highlights so far (see our previous stories on Joe Cunningham and Karen Hollings filing), we think a few more races deserve a closer look, especially when you consider the candidates officially filed for the upcoming November election. 

There are surely more than just the following three offices to watch this election cycle, but these are among the ones we will be watching the most closely. Stay tuned with us online and in print as we continue to cover further election news both local and statewide. 

Charleston County Register of Deeds

Miller

Long delays at the Register of Deeds office and an accused firing of a senior employee who described herself as a whistleblower have landed incumbent Michael Miller in controversy. Miller was elected in 2018, and lawsuits filed in 2021 claimed the backlog and delays could result in tax bills being sent to the wrong people. 

McIntyre

Karen Hollings, widow of the late nephew of U.S. Sen. Ernest “Fritz” Hollings, filed March 29 to run for the Democratic nomination to be Charleston County’s Register of Deeds. She will face Miller in the Democratic primary election. On the other side of the aisle, Bob McIntyre has filed for the office as well. As the only Republican to file, has a free ride to the nomination. 

Hollings

“I’m running to restore the integrity of the Register of Deeds office,” Hollings told the City Paper. “The Charleston County Register of Deeds office was regarded as the gold standard of register of deeds offices statewide. We’ve lost that in the last few years. We need to reinstate efficiency and competency.  We need to create methodologies to process the work in a timely and legal manner.”

McIntyre and Hollings boast roughly 20 years of experience in the office in different positions, a quality that McIntyre said is vital to the position. 

“When I found out Karen [Hollings] had filed to run, that’s good for Charleston County,” he said. “Either one of us, with the experience we have, that’s good for Charleston County, and it’s a win-win for the office … I feel like she and I are on the same page as far as getting the office back to the success we had in previous years.”

U.S. Representative District 1

Perhaps the most high-profile race this election cycle is the one for 1st Congressional District seat, which covers greater Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester counties down the coast to the Beaufort area. This race is not only high-profile, it also has some of the greatest national implications of any in the tri-county area. 

Mace

Republican incumbent U.S. Rep. Nancy Mace, who unseated former Rep. and current gubernatorial candidate Joe Cunningham, is running for a second term. But her severance from former U.S. President Donald Trump may hurt her chances against other Republican candidates who have his backing, like former Statehouse lawmaker Katie Arrington. 

Before successfully running  for Congress in 2020, Mace built up quite a local resume. The daughter of Brigadier General James E. Mace, former Commandant of Cadets at the Citadel, Mace went on to become the first woman to graduate from the storied military college. In 2012, she mounted a failed attempt to topple U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham in the Republican primary, and in 2016, worked for President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign. She said his tax cuts have helped with wages and employment in the Charleston region before the pandemic. 

Arrington

“Let’s be honest. Nancy Mace is a sellout,” Arrington said in her campaign announcement video. “She sold out the Lowcountry. She sold out President Trump. She is more interested in becoming a mainstream media celebrity than fighting for the people she’s supposed to represent.

“Selfies with Carole Baskin, Monkey Island, legalizing marijuana — Why is she prioritizing that over the skyrocketing inflation, high gas prices and economic security for the Lowcountry?”

North Charleston Air Force spouse Lynz Piper-Loomis also threw her hat into the ring, filing as a Republican. During her campaign announcement speech in 2021, she said: “I will not be silenced, I will not bow down to an agenda. I will not bow down to socialism or communism. I’ll stand for freedom. I will not be bought and paid for by the establishment.” 

Andrews

Loomis’ presence raises the possibility of a runoff if no candidate gets more than 50% of the vote on June 14. 

One Democrat filed for the district seat, getting a free ride to the November election — Lowcountry pediatrician Annie Andrews. Cunningham won the seat in 2018, flipping the longtime Republican seat for the Democrats for a single term.

Governor of South Carolina

McMaster

The race for governor of South Carolina has gotten a lot more crowded than anticipated, with 12 candidates having filed for the seat prior to closing, including members of the Labor, Independence and Libertarian parties. 

Henry McMaster was previously presumed to have smooth sailing to the Republican nomination, but he now faces competition from two Republican challengers, including a politically motivated trucker, Harrison “Trucker Bob” Musselwhite. 

Musselwhite

Part of the Palmetto State’s MAGA Movement, Musselwhite is a committee chairman for the Greenville County GOP — a group taken over earlier this year by die-hard Trump loyalists. Mindy Steele, the third GOP hopeful, said her activism has been in local GOP politics and education advocacy, though this is her first foray into politics. 

McLeod

On the other side of the aisle, Democratic candidates Joe Cunningham, a former U.S. Congressman, and Mia McLeod, a current state senator, have been big names in the race. But three others have also filed, including William H. “Cowboy” Williams of Florence, Calvin “CJ Mack” McMillan of Columbia, and Carlton Boyd of Columbia. 

Third-party candidates include Independent Jokie Beeckett Jr., Independence Party Michael Copeland, Libertarian Bruce Reeves, and Labor Party Gary Votour. 

Correction: April 7, 2022
The original version of this story had an incorrect photo of Dr. Annie Andrews, Democratic candidate for Congress. We apologize for the error.


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