CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Former labor and public health chief Catherine Templeton has officially entered the South Carolina governor's race.
Templeton told The Associated Press on Tuesday that she is pursuing the 2018 Republican gubernatorial nomination.
She confirmed Tuesday night she has filed her initial report with the South Carolina Ethics Commission.
Templeton is an attorney who has advised Fortune 500 companies prior to accepting an appointment to former Gov. Nikki Haley's Cabinet, first as director of the Department of Labor, Licensing and Registration and then as director of the state's Department of Health and Environmental Control.
She had planned to enter the race earlier but postponed her official decision in January. Then, Templeton explained her thinking to the AP after it ran a story on next year's gubernatorial race.
The story pointed out that Nikki Haley's acceptance of a post as U.N. ambassador elevated then-Lt. Gov. Henry McMaster to the state's top slot. That meant McMaster will be an incumbent when he runs, as expected, in 2018.
Templeton says encouragement from those urging her to run "has been overwhelming."