CHARLESTON - McKinley Washington Jr., a Sumter native and former South Carolina senator, has endorsed Phil Noble in his run for governor.
Now a Presbyterian minister, Washington served as House representative for District 116 from 1975 to 1990 …
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Now a Presbyterian minister, Washington served as House representative for District 116 from 1975 to 1990 and as a state senator representing voters in District 45 from 1990 to 2000.
"I am supporting him because I know his character as a man, and I've seen his willingness to stand for those who weren't able to stand for themselves," Washington said in his endorsement letter. "There is no other candidate in this race with the track record of service that Phil Noble has."
He described Noble as a man committed to civil rights, equality and the pursuit of eradicating corruption. Noble has also been active in the economic and social advancement of the African-American community, Washington wrote.
Seeing the mass disenfranchisement in our state back in 1984, Washington wrote, Noble started the Palmetto Project, and one of the first initiatives helped register more than 150,000 new voters in the state.
Noble started other organizations aimed at providing laptops to students in under-performing schools and providing free prescriptions and preventative care for the elderly and people in low-income households.
"I'm endorsing Phil Noble because his track record proves he is the best person, Democrat or Republican, to lead our state," Washington wrote.
Primary elections will be held on June 12, and the general election will be held on Nov. 6.
Phil Noble is one of three South Carolina Democratic gubernatorial candidates. Other declared Democratic candidates are James Smith and Marguerite Willis. Declared Republican candidates include Lt. Gov. Kevin Bryant, Yancey McGill, Catherine Templeton and John Warren.
Gov. Henry McMaster announced he intends to run for a full term in office this year since he took the position in 2017 after former Gov. Nikki Haley was appointed U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations.
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