South Carolina Senate District 42 election happening Tuesday

Three Democrat candidates all vying for top spot
Published: Sep. 4, 2023 at 11:20 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - One out of three Democratic nominees will be named the head nominee for the vacant South Carolina State Senate District 42 seat on Tuesday.

The three candidates running for the seat are State Representatives Deon Tedder, Wendell Gilliard and JA Moore.

The seat was previously filled by former South Carolina State Senator Marlon Kimpson, before he took the position on President Joe Biden’s Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations.

The three candidates all spoke on why they deserve to be the next state senator of South Carolina.

“When my constituents call me, I listen to their concerns, and I go advocate on their behalf and that’s what I’ll continue to do in the Senate,” Rep. Tedder said.

“Not only will I be open and available to them, I will champion those issues. Again - education, criminal justice reform, and housing - those are my top three priorities. I think that’s all interconnected. So, I just ask that people go out tomorrow and give me a chance to be your next state senator. I have proven leadership skills; I know how to work across the aisle, and I can get things done.”

“This election is about moving forward. This election is about we the people and not I the party,” Rep. Gilliard said. I can’t say that enough. “I don’t mind sounding redundant or repetitive or how everybody wants to put it, because there is a whole plethora of problems out there that we should be dealing with. Whether they’re making this thing a sideshow or a circus, I don’t have time to get into individual talk about one another or spreading the rumors. We have to be about we the people and keep moving forward.”

“I’m excited about the opportunity to have met 1000′s and 1000′s of individuals and neighbors here in District 42,” Rep. Moore said. “Tomorrow is election day, and this is one of the most important things we can do in democracy: vote! I’ve talked to you at your churches, your places of worship, at your barber shops, your beauty salons and at your grocery stores and gas stations. I’ve knocked on your doors and you’ve invited me into your homes. I’ve called you on the phone. You’ve seen me on social media. You’ve seen ads that have been ran on our behalf on tv. You’ve seen all of our billboards across District 42. I’m doing that because I care about you.”

The winner from the democratic party will go on to face Republican Rosa Kay at the Nov. 7 election.