Thirteen people filed to run for the state Senate seat that Clementa Pinckney held for 15 years before he and eight of his parishioners were slain last month in a Charleston church.
The filing period ended Monday. According to the Charleston Post and Courier eleven Democrats and two Republicans are vying for the seat that includes parts of Allendale, Beaufort, Charleston, Colleton, Hampton, and Jasper counties.
Primaries will be September 1. The special election is scheduled Oct. 20.
Pinckney served four years in the House before being elected to the Senate in 2000. The Ridgeland Democrat was pastor of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, where a gunman opened fire June 17 following a Bible study. A 21-year-old white man is indicted on nine murder charges.
Chauncey Barnwell, of Hardeeville, Jasper County, a defense and personal injury lawyer.
William Bowman Jr., of Walterboro, Colleton County, a small businessman and a Colleton County school board member.
Sheree Darien, of Ridgeland, Jasper County, a Technical College of the Lowcountry commissioner.
Kent Fletcher, of Bluffton, Beaufort County, a business executive.
Libbie Henry-Green, of Hampton County, a former House District 122 candidate.
Kenneth Hodges, of Green Pond, Colleton County, a House District 121 representative and pastor of Tabernacle.
Keith Horton, of Ridgeland in Jasper County, a real estate broker.
Margie Bright Matthews, of Walterboro in Colleton County, an attorney.
Richmond Truesdale, of Charleston, past candidate for Hollywood mayor and Charleston County Council,
John Edward Washington, of Colleton County.
Korey Williams, of Hampton County, defense, personal injury and family law attorney.
Leilani Bessinger, of Beaufort, paralegal and Pinckney’s opponent in the 2012 election.
Alberto Fernandez, of Jasper County.
The district leans heavily Democratic. In the 2012 election, Pinckney was re-elected with 66 percent of the vote to Bessinger’s 34 percent.