South Carolina attorney general kicks off bid for 3rd term

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South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced he is running for re-election. The Lexington Republican is traveling the state to talk about the work his office is doing to keep communities safe and defend the rule of law.

The AP reports:

South Carolina’s top prosecutor officially kicked off his bid for a third term Wednesday, touting of some of his accomplishments during eight years in office and saying he’d like to continue working on behalf of the state’s people.

During a day that included stops in Columbia, Greenville and Seneca, Republican Attorney General Alan Wilson also unveiled a steering committee of more than 270 business, civic and political leaders throughout the state, including former Attorney General Charlie Condon, Spartanburg Sheriff Chuck Wright and Wilson’s father, U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson.

“We’re humbled by the massive support in all corners of South Carolina,” Wilson said. “We will lean on these men and women to deliver our message of defending the constitution, protecting families, and upholding the rule of law to their communities.”

During his eight years in office, Wilson has led prosecution efforts on a variety of issues, including domestic violence and human trafficking. He also defended challenges to South Carolina’s voter ID law and helped lead a 26-state challenge to the federal health care mandate. Last year he sued Purdue Pharma, accusing the maker of OxyContin and other opioid drugs of exacerbating South Carolina’s opioid drug crisis by using deceptive marketing practices.

First elected in 2010, Wilson had no GOP primary opposition in 2014 and easily defeated the Democratic nominee. He’s drawn two Republican challengers so far this year: Lexington Rep. Todd Atwater and Greenville attorney William Herlong.

Wilson’s kickoff continues Thursday, when he is set to visit Mount Pleasant and Florence.