The special election for S.C. House District 84 now has five competitors, none of whom are Democrats.
Alvin Padgett, an Aiken County businessman, on Thursday filed as a Republican candidate seeking the empty state House seat. The position is vacant following the May death of state Rep. Ronnie Young, R-Clearwater.
Padgett is the co-owner of Palmetto Tire & Brake Center and serves on the Aiken County Commission for Technical and Comprehensive Education at Aiken Technical College.
Padgett describes himself as a "firm fiscal conservative" and promises, in prepared remarks, to be a steward of tax dollars.
"First and foremost, I want to represent the people of District 84," Padgett said. "The district deserves a representative, not a politician, who can reflect our conservative values and give our people a strong voice in Columbia."
The former scoutmaster in the same prepared remarks said he wants to see job growth in the district, which stretches between Aiken and North Augusta and south beyond Jackson.
"My sole desire in pursuing this seat is to serve the people of my home district," Padgett said. He provided a Warrenville address on his filing forms.
Padgett joins Ralph Gunter, Sean Pumphrey, Danny Feagin and Cody Anderson in the House District 84 race.
The filing period for the Oct. 1 special election opened at noon June 7 and will close at noon Saturday.
The primary election is scheduled for July 30. A primary runoff is set for Aug. 13.