Gov. Haley Gets GOP Primary Challenger

Columbia, SC (WLTX) - South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley has a primary challenger for governor.

Online records from the South Carolina Election Commission show Tom J. Ervin filed Saturday to run against Nikki Haley for the Republican nomination for governor.

Ervin, who is from Greenville, served two terms as a member of the South Carolina House of Representatives. He was also elected as Resident Circuit Court Judge for the Tenth Judicial Circuit and served for fourteen years.

He is the only person running against Haley in June's primary.

"Tom is running to bring competent, conservative management and leadership to the governor's office," said Ervin campaign spokesperson Aly Haley. "The taxpayers of South Carolina deserve a governor who will put the safety of children, the guardianship of the state's resources, and efficient, strong management before political consideration."

Ervin is expected to hold a news conference early next week to outline his reasons for running.

Rob Godfrey, a spokesman for Gov. Haley sent us a statement saying: "The governor is looking forward to the campaign as a whole because it's a chance to celebrate all the good that's happening in South Carolina - the lowest employment rate in 6 years announced just yesterday, the fact that more South Carolinians are working today than ever before in our state's history, the way the rest of the country and the world is looking at South Carolina as the best place there is to live, work, and raise a family. It's a great time in South Carolina, but what Governor Haley wants everyone in our state to understand is that we're just getting started."

State Senator Vincent Sheheen is the only Democrat running in the contest.

Candidates have until noon Sunday to file for office.


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