Adair Ford Boroughs

Adair Ford Boroughs, a Democrat, has formally announced she is running to unseat U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson, who represents South Carolina's 2nd Congressional District.

A Williston native has announced a bid against U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C.

Adair Ford Boroughs, a Democrat, launched her 2020 campaign for South Carolina's 2nd Congressional District on Wednesday. 

"People in our district are working tirelessly to build a better life for their families, and we deserve a representative who will work just as hard to make sure those families have a chance to get ahead," Boroughs said in a prepared statement.

Boroughs grew up in a "double-wide trailer" in small-town Williston, according to a campaign press release. Boroughs graduated from Williston-Elko High School.

The Democrat was at one point an attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, and she later worked for U.S. District Judge Richard M. Gergel. She went on to help launch Charleston Legal Access, a nonprofit law firm.

Borough's written announcement was paired with a video posted to Youtube. The video features Wilson throughout — including the longtime congressman shouting "You lie" at President Barack Obama.

"My whole life has been about beating the odds, and helping others do the same," Boroughs said, "and that's what I want to do in Congress."

Wilson has repeatedly beat Democratic challengers, most recently defeating Sean Carrigan by nearly 14 points.

Boroughs will be the lead speaker at the Aiken County Democratic Party's monthly meeting on April 18. The meeting begins at 7 p.m.

Colin Demarest is the government and Savannah River Site reporter with the Aiken Standard. Follow him on Twitter: @demarest_colin