Cunningham announces potential Lt. Governor candidates

Source: Live 5
Published: Jul. 18, 2022 at 11:54 AM EDT
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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - Democratic gubernatorial nominee Joe Cunningham on Monday released his shortlist of running mates for November’s election.

The list of nine lieutenant governor candidates includes three from the Lowcountry.

“The person I choose for Lieutenant Governor will be ready to lead on day one,” Cunningham said. “Our ticket will represent the future of South Carolina and the amazing potential of our state. I am committed to selecting a qualified, visionary leader to join our team and help usher in a new generation of leadership for South Carolina.”

The Lowcountry candidates include current state representative Spencer Wetmore. Wetmore is also a former prosecutor and city administrator for the city of Folly Beach.

“I am honored to be considered among such an outstanding list of public servants,” Wetmore said in a statement.

Also on the list is Kathryn Whitaker, a former nominee for state senate and chief marketing officer of Burr & Forman, LLP.

In a statement, Whitaker said she was “flattered and honored to be considered.”

The other Lowcountry candidate is Air Force pilot and commercial realtor Ed Sutton. Sutton is also a former nominee for the state House of Representatives.

“It’s an absolute honor to be considered. It’s a great platform to do some good,” Sutton said. “Being a military veteran, I know there’s a lot more we can do as a state. I’m ready to address the kitchen table needs and getting down to the stuff that impacts people’s lives.”

The six remaining candidates include five from the Midlands and one from the Upstate.

The rest of the shortlist includes:

  • Tally Parham Casey, CEO of Wyche Law Firm. The first female fighter pilot in the South Carolina Air National Guard
  • Rosalyn Glenn - Financial planner and former nominee for state treasurer
  • Jermaine Johnson - State representative and small business owner
  • Kimberly O. Johnson - State representative and assistant director of the F.E. DuBose Career Center.
  • Meghan Smith - Spartanburg City Council member and director of college and career readiness at Spartanburg Academic Movement
  • Teresa Wilson - City manager for the city of Columbia

Cunningham says he expects to announce a running mate in the next few weeks.

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