South Carolina House Minority Leader Calhoun County Representative Harry Ott says he will not leave his seat to run for the 2010 Democratic nomination for Governor because he says the field is getting too crowded. Ott says he was seriously considering a bid for the state’s chief executive office if only a handful of democrats sought the post. Ott says now that five democrats are in the race he feels the opportunity for him to address major issues will take a backseat to personalities.
Columbia attorney and lobbyist Dwight Drake joined the field of democrats last Wednesday. Also in the race are Charleston County Senator Robert Ford, Charleston attorney Mullins McCleod, Kershaw County Senator Vincent Sheheen and current State Superintendent of Education Dr. Jim Rex.