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Craig running against Mulvaney for U.S. District 5 congressional seat

Posted: April 7, 2016 5:21 p.m.
Updated: April 8, 2016 1:00 a.m.

Ray Craig (left) shakes hands with his former Clemson roommate, John St. C. White, after filing his candidacy to challenge U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney for South Carolina’s 5th Congressional District. The two Republicans will face each other in a June 14 primary.

Ray Craig, of Lake Wylie, recently filed with the S.C. State Election Commission (SCEC) to run against incumbent U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney for the state’s 5th Congressional District, which includes Kershaw County. Accompanied by two of his three children and his former roommate from Clemson, Craig, a Republican, filed with the SCEC just before noon March 30.

Following the filing, Craig traveled to Chester where he introduced himself to voters, saying he was a “‘better choice’ over an incumbent who has largely disappointed his 10-county constituents.”

“I met people who love their community and want to work with their elected officials to make Chester a better place,” Craig said in a press release. “Many voted for the incumbent back in the Spratt days thinking he would be one thing, but have seen he’s really another. I’m meeting people who are not happy with his service.”

Craig also spoke from the Chester Courthouse to his children of this date in history when President Ronald Reagan was spared from assassination 35 years earlier. The visit to Chester was his first as a candidate and second of his promised 10 courthouse talks.


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