A self-described conservative senior citizen has entered the race for S.C. House District 84.
Ralph Gunter, a Beech Island resident, filed as a candidate for the special election on Tuesday morning. Gunter, who is now retired, has run for office before – "way before the 2000s," to use his words.
Gunter said he decided to seek election because "a lot of things need to be changed." He also said there are young people "running around" – he's in better shape than most 24-year-olds, he noted – and damaging Republican politics.
Gunter said he favors a low-to-moderate tax rate and wants to boost jobs and improve economic performance.
"I think we need some leadership and all," he said, adding, "There's a lot of things going on that's not kosher."
Gunter is now the fourth Republican running for the House District 84 seat, which is vacant following the death of state Rep. Ronnie Young, a Clearwater Republican.
Sean Pumphrey, a U.S. Army veteran, filed on Monday. Cody Anderson, a local businessman, and Danny Feagin, an Aiken County Council member, filed prior to that.
House District 84 is entirely in Aiken County. It's a column-like swath between Aiken and North Augusta that goes south beyond Jackson.
The filing period for the Oct. 1 special election opened at noon June 7 and will close at noon June 15.
The primary election is scheduled for July 30. A primary runoff is set for Aug. 13.