Thomas Ravenel, who resigned months after being elected State Treasurer in 2007 amid drug charges, has filed to run for U.S. Senate.Ravenel turned in the 10,000 signatures necessary to file for electionMore >>
Thomas Ravenel, who resigned months after being elected State Treasurer in 2007 amid drug charges, has filed to run for U.S. Senate.More >>
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -
Current reality television star and former South Carolina state treasurer Thomas Ravenel has garnered enough petition signatures to be certified as an independent candidate for the U.S. Senate seat held by Sen. Lindsey Graham.
Ravenel, who is currently a member of the cast of the Bravo! reality show hit "Southern Charm," received word Wednesday that he will appear on the November ballot.
The ex-treasurer turned in 17,000 signatures to file for election on July 14.
Ravenel became state treasurer in 2007, but he resigned months after his election when he was charged with buying cocaine for himself and his friends. He pleaded guilty and spent 10 months in prison.
Sen. Graham easily cruised to the GOP nomination by dispatching several Tea Party-backed challengers in the June primary.
The Democrats, meanwhile, have state Sen. Brad Hutto challenging Graham and Ravenel.