The third candidate challenging incumbent U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham will make an appearance in Aiken in September.

South Carolina State Sen. Lee Bright will be the Aiken Republican Club's guest speaker for its next regular luncheon. Bright launched his campaign for the U.S. Senate on Aug. 13, according to a press release. Business owner Richard Cash and Nancy Mace, the first female graduate of the Citadel, are also vying for the seat and have both spoken at the Club's meetings held earlier this year.

Bright, known as a fiscal and social conservative, was elected to the State legislature in 2008 and serves Spartanburg's 12th District in the Senate.

Bright currently serves on several committees, including Agriculture and Natural Resources; Judiciary; Labor; Commerce and Industry; and Transportation. In addition, he serves on the William Wallace Caucus, which is described as “a nonlegislative caucus that works against government intrusion, wasteful spending and unnecessary regulation.”

In the 2013 session, Bright is the lead sponsor of the Constitutional Carry bill, the Firearms Freedom Act, the Freedom of Choice Healthcare Act and legislation to reform the way judges are appointed.

Bright also received the Friend of Taxpayer Award from the Spartanburg County Taxpayers Association, according to the release.

Bright is a native and resident of Spartanburg and the director of business development for BBD, LLC and operates a trucking brokerage business.

The event will take place Sept. 12. Registration and social hour begins at 11 a.m. and lunch will be served at noon. Admission for members is $15 and $20 for nonmembers, and includes lunch.

RSVP by emailing or calling 803-648-9542. Attendees have until 4 p.m. Sept. 11 to make a reservation.

Newberry Hall is located at 117 Newberry St. in downtown Aiken.

On Oct. 1, the Aiken Republican Club will host S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson.