The young businessman spent just two years in the state legislature before winning a crowded race to replace Trey Gowdy as the Palmetto State’s fourth district representative in the U.S. congress.
According to the S.C. Election Commission (SCVotes.org), filing for this special election will open at 12:00 p.m. EST on November 30 and close at the same time on December 8. Partisan primary elections will be held on January 22, with runoffs scheduled for February 5 (if necessary). The special election itself will be held on March 26.
As this news outlet exclusively reported last week, one candidate – Greenville, S.C. city councilwoman Amy Ryberg Doyle – has already indicated she will run. In fact, Ryberg Doyle held an event in Greenville, S.C. on Monday morning to kick off her campaign.
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Ryberg Doyle – the daughter of former state senator Greg Ryberg – is viewed as the early frontrunner to claim this seat, which Timmons won in 2016 by defeating longtime incumbent Mike Fair by a 2-to-1 margin in a GOP runoff election.
Fair is reportedly considering a campaign for the seat he held from 1995 to 2017. So is another veteran Upstate lawmaker, eleven-term state representative Dwight Loftis.
In fact according to The Greenville News, Loftis is “in.”
The district – which encompasses the northern suburbs of Greenville, S.C. – is staunchly Republican. Any Democrat who files will face a virtually insurmountable challenge.
Stay tuned … this news outlet will keep a close eye on this race in the weeks to come as various contenders make their intentions known.
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