Gloria Bromell Tinubu wants to get back on the South Carolina ballot.
The Georgetown native – she was born in Murrells Inlet -- will announce her campaign for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate to challenge Lindsey Graham on Wednesday with three stops across the state including one in Georgetown at 5:30 p.m. at Bethel AME Church.
“I bring the perspective of an applied economist, former education and public servant with over 35 years of experience, but more importantly, I bring the perspective of a grandmother,” Tinubu told the Georgetown Times.
“Most of the economic challenges facing our families are rooted in our systems of work and wealth which favor some at the expense of others. From the founding of this country, these systems have not lived up to the ideals of ‘liberty and justice for all’ and have resulted in poverty for many, unrealized freedom for most, and environmental degradation for all," she said. I’m running for the U.S. Senate so that I and my generation can pass on a brighter torch to our children, grandchildren, and future generations that ensures their economic freedom.”
This is Tinubu’s second run for statewide office in the past two years. She ran for lieutenant governor on Phil Noble’s ticket. She also twice ran unsuccessfully as the Democratic nominee against Congressman Tom Rice.
She said that while she cannot change the outcome of those earlier races, she’s looking to the people of her home state for support.
“Our state motto is ‘while I breathe, I hope.’ It is my hope and belief that the people of South Carolina will demonstrate to the rest of the country what it means to form a perfect union," Tinubu said.
Tinubu, an economist and former economic development director for the city of Georgetown, said she also intends to formally announce her candidacy at noon in Columbia during the annual Day in Blue at the Statehouse and at 3 p.m. at the Keith School in Charleston before heading to Georgetown.
Former South Carolina Democratic Party chairman Jaime R. Harrison formed an exploratory committee for Senate in February.