Richland County Councilwoman Joyce Dickerson running for U.S. Senate seat
“I’m ready to take on the big guys,” Joyce Dickerson said Wednesday. Dickerson officially has entered the race for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Sen. Tim Scott. Dickerson will run as a Democrat.
Scott was appointed by Gov. Nikki Haley to serve out the rest of Sen. Jim DeMint’s term after DeMint resigned in January. A special election will be held in November 2014 to decide who will serve the remaining two years of DeMint’s six-year term.
Dickerson said she was reading an article about possible candidates and said she believes the “spirit of the Lord” spoke to her and said “Why not you?”
Dickerson also said she has been embarrassed by the fact that South Carolina has no female representation in the U.S. House or Senate and wants the opportunity to change that.
She spoke to her husband and two children, as well as to U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn and the South Carolina Democratic Party before making the final decision to enter the race. She said she also let U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., know her intentions out of respect and said that Wilson wished her good luck. Wilson’s district covers a large portion of her council district.
Dickerson was elected to Richland County Council in 2004. She also has worked for the Federal Communications Commission and is the Chair of the National Foundation for Women Legislators.
Dickerson said that in her experience, many women tend to avoid confrontation, but she wants to change that.
“I draw a line in the sand and say ‘Bring it on!'” she said.
A campaign website for Dickerson is under construction now.