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Charleston Business Owner Enters Congressional Race

Republican Jonathan Hoffman announces his candidacy for the First Congressional District.

Jonathan Hoffman, a Charleston small business owner, educator and Air Force Reserve officer, has announced his candidacy in the Republican Primary for South Carolina's First Congressional District.

A special election has been called since former Congressman Tim Scott resigned to take an appointment to U.S. Senate. Scott filled the shoes of former Sen. Jim DeMint who resigned to pursue a private career. 

There are now more than 10 GOP candidates in the race. Voters will vote in a special primary March 19 in the GOP field.

"I have dedicated most of my professional life to public service and I believe that Congress, now more than ever, needs new members who will not only vote to restore fiscal responsibility in Washington, but who will provide leadership on critical economic and security issues that affect South Carolinians," Hoffman said in a released statement.

Hoffman, a South Carolina native and graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, has extensive experience on Homeland Security issues, having served as the Director of Border Security at the White House under President George W. Bush. In addition to his current role as a business owner, Hoffman is an adjunct professor at the Citadel and the Charleston School of Law. As a JAG officer, Hoffman works to protect the interests of military members, veterans, retirees and their families.

Hoffman lives on James Island.

maizenbluedoc January 25, 2013 at 02:47 PM
Probably a better choice than the usual recycled, career politicians who seem to appear only when leections are upcoming. Too many of the people running for the office have questionable backgrounds.
Gretchen January 25, 2013 at 02:55 PM
Exactly RIGHT..... too many GOOD OLE BOYS .....let's have some fresh blood in DC !
Tom Utley January 25, 2013 at 03:05 PM
This race is full of non-good ol boys. Teddy Turner, Keith Blandford, and Jeff King are all great candidates who are not Good ol Boys. John Kuhn and Larry Grooms are people who have been in the state house and stood up to stop government growth and spending, and I respect that. Chip Limehouse.... Good ol boy to the core. Owns parking garages in Charleston, uses his government office to force the city of charleston to raise parking rates. The definition of good ol boy.
Gretchen January 25, 2013 at 03:52 PM
Well... that's good to know. Since I have not been here very long, it's hard to distinguish who is who. However, some names keep coming up over and over !
Ryan Whit January 29, 2013 at 01:47 AM
Great experience and new blood is what we need making decsisions in DC. I will keep an eye on this Hoffman candidate.

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