Candidate for governor Tom Ervin hosts nearly 40 town halls in 25 days

Published: Sep. 25, 2014 at 10:13 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 26, 2014 at 12:59 AM EDT
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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Tom Ervin is working to make sure you remember his name.

On Thursday, the independent candidate for South Carolina governor set off on one of three town hall meetings in Charleston as part of a month-long tour around the state.

Ervin started in September hosting 23 town halls in 12 days, but later added an additional 16, all within the first 25 days of the month.

If recent poll results are any indication, the aggressive strategy could be paying off. According to a poll from the New Hampshire-based American Research Group, Inc., 18% of likely voters name Ervin their top choice.

That's up from 2% at the start of his campaign.

"We're in it to win it," he said.

The numbers still fall behind Governor Nikki Haley, who holds 43%,, and her democratic challenger, Vincent Sheheen, at 33% . Libertarian Steve French brings in 1%, while 5% of voters remain undecided.

Ervin, who now resides in Greenville, worked as a circuit court judge, and is now a small businessman.

Among the topics headlining his platform are raising the state minimum wage, fixing state roads and bridges, prioritizing the port, and expanding pre-K.

"Most of the people that I sentenced in criminal court were high school dropouts," Ervin said. "We've got to expand statewide, because so many of our young people need an early start."

The Ervin Campaign made stops at Ms. Rose's in West Ashley, The College of Charleston, and Sticky Fingers on Meeting Street.

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