A Greenville attorney will try his luck as a Democratic candidate in a heavily-conservative district against one of South Carolina’s most popular Republican congressmen.
Chris Fedalei officially announced his candidacy for the Fourth Congressional District on Wednesday. He will seek the Democratic nomination against US Rep. Trey Gowdy.
“Service is something you’ll hear me talking about a lot in this campaign,” Fedalei said during a press conference announcing his run. “Service is important. It should be the most basic core principle for all of our elected officials. It’s what we should expect when we send our elected officials to Washington. Yet it’s something we don’t see nearly often enough.”
Fedalei is a young attorney who graduated from the University of South Carolina Law School last year. He attended high school in Spartanburg.
He will face long odds in the conservative district. Gowdy won 65 percent of the vote the last time he faced a Democratic opponent in 2012. The third-term representative won nearly 85 percent of the vote over a Libertarian Party candidate in 2014.