County council member to run for U.S. Senate seat | Politics
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Richland County Council member Joyce Dickerson says she will challenge Republican Tim Scott for the U.S. Senate seat he was appointed to hold by Governor Nikki Haley.
"Why not me?" Dickerson said she asked herself after reading an editorial about the potential U.S. Senate race in a newspaper.
"I thought about all I've accomplished and I thought, 'Why not me?'" she said. The Democrat represents District 2 on the county council.
Dickerson said she thought the time was right and she would take advantage of the opportunity.
"He's never run a statewide race, either," said Dickerson of Scott. He was appointed by Governor Haley to fill the term when Senator Jim DeMint resigned.
"I don't think he's rooted in South Carolina politics yet. I think we're starting out at the same level," she said.
"He has a lot more money. I have none so far," she said with a laugh. A campaign web site is currently under construction.
Dickerson said she spoke with congressmen James Clyburn and Joe Wilson regarding her intentions since she said they serve the same constituents. She describes herself as a "conservative Democrat."
Dickerson said there is a voice South Carolina lacks in Washington: a female one.
"There are a lot of female issues that don't get addressed," she said. "We don't have any female representation in Congress from South Carolina. I'm an advocate for women and girls. We need a little more balance. I want to raise the bar and tell them 'Don't be afraid to tackle the guys.'"
"I plan to spend a lot of time digging in the grass roots," she said. "That's where I'll find my voters."
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