An attorney who lives in Graniteville will seek the state House seat held by S.C. Rep. Roland Smith, R-Aiken.
Chris Corley will seek the S.C. House District 84 seat held by Smith, who announced late last year that he would not run for re-election.
An attorney who lives in Graniteville, Corley announced his candidacy on Monday.
Corley will run as a Republican in the June 10 primary.
His decision follows 14 years of activism in the party on the county, state and federal levels.
“I am very thankful for the years of hard work and dedication that Rep. J. Roland Smith has given to my home district,” said Corley in a press release. “I would be honored to have the opportunity to follow in Rep. Smith's footsteps and offer the same level of constituent service and dedication to this area. Constituent service, fiscal conservatism and fighting to preserve the ideals and principles of District 84 and the state of South Carolina will be my top priorities in Columbia.”
Corley is a 1998 graduate of Midland Valley High School. In 2002, he graduated from USC Aiken with a degree in political science. He is a 2008 graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Law.
Corley owns the Law Offices of Christopher Corley on Greene Street in Augusta. He is married to the former Heather Medlock, and they have two children.
Smith, who will celebrate his 81st birthday on Feb. 26, first was elected to the S.C. House in 1989.
Dede Biles is a reporter for the Aiken Standard.
She has been with the newspaper since January 2013. A native of Concord, N.C., she is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.