State Senator Mia McLeod Joins Activist Gary Votour and Former Congressman Joe Cunningham in 2022 Governor’s Race
Columbia, S.C. — This morning on the steps of the Modjeska Simkins House in Columbia, State Senator Mia McLeod became the third Democratic candidate to announce her bid for Governor as Democrats seek to unseat incumbent Henry McMaster in 2022.
McLeod joins a primary field including Democratic activist Gary Votour and former SC-01 Congressman Joe Cunningham, both of whom announced earlier this year. McLeod’s bid is notable and historic as, if elected, she would be the first black woman elected to lead any state in the country.
Democrats will hold their primary in June next year. With an exciting field of candidates, Democrats have a prime opportunity to display the changing demographics of South Carolina, enhanced by an increasingly damaged Republican brand in the post Trump era, as his devotees continue to push the big lie.
“A robust Democratic Primary will provide a springboard to victory in November 2022, ” says SCDP Chair, Trav Robertson. “The bold initiatives of the Biden Administration are proving popular with Republicans and Democrats, who are tired of obstructionist leaders like McMaster. He and other Republican leaders only care about restricting women’s reproductive health choices and have been silent on issues we know voters care about, like healthcare, infrastructure and racial and criminal justice.
“We as Democrats have already taken unprecedented steps to expand our electorate through our Register 46 initiative and we have a top tier of primary candidates for voters to choose who’s best to lead our state and defeat Henry McMaster,” said Jay Parmley SCDP Executive Director. “We are still in the throes of the pandemic with low vaccination rates and no Medicaid expansion for seniors and children. The GOP will answer for their repeated failures to lead at the ballot box in 2022.”