Phil Noble is the second Democrat to enter the 2018 S.C. governor’s race

Phil Noble

Phil Noble, a Charleston businessman, is the second Democrat to enter the 2018 race for S.C. governor.

Rep. James Smith, D-Columbia, has also announced his plans to run for the governor’s office.
Noble is a longtime Democratic activist. He is the president of S.C. New Democrats, a group founded by former S.C. Gov. Richard Riley.

South Carolina is “an amazing state with terrific potential, but a broken, dysfunctionally corrupt state government is keeping us from having all the things we ought to have,” Noble said to The Associated Press earlier this week.

Noble has not yet filed with the S.C. Election Commission.

Noble founded the political and public affairs firm, Phil Noble and Associates, in 1979 and started PoliticsOnline in 1996.

Noble ran unsuccessfully for lieutenant governor in 1994. And he lost a 2011 bid for state Democratic Party chairman to Columbia attorney Dick Harpootlian.

The last Democratic governor in South Carolina governor in South Carolina was Jim Hodges, who was elected in 1998.
Republican candidates are: Gov. Henry McMaster; Lt. Gov. Kevin Bryant; former Lt. Gov. Yancey McGill and former S.C. Department of Labor secretary Catherine Templeton.