A former South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) director has indicated she will seek the GOP nomination for governor in 2018.
The Post and Courier reports that Catherine Templeton confirmed to them that she will run for governor. The Mount Pleasant Republican said she will formally announce her candidacy in January.
Templeton said it’s still very early but she is ready to fix what she perceives as problems lingering in the state. She said she has not filed any official paper work yet, but she is in the running.
Prior to her time as head of DHEC, she was also the state Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (LLR) director. While Templeton was active as a Cabinet official in Gov. Nikki Haley’s administration, she has never held an elected office.
Other Republicans mentioned in 2018, or said to be thinking about running are Lt. Governor Henry McMaster, U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney of Indian Land, state Attorney General Alan Wilson and real estate developer Bill Stern of Columbia.
Former lieutenant governor Yancy McGill and state Rep. Tommy Pope have said they are running.