Charleston Attorney Marlon Kimpson was the first candidate to officially file in the South Carolina Senate District 42 race on Monday.
Kimpson, 44, has been an attorney at Motley Rice since 2000. He will be running as an unapologetic Democrat in a strongly Democratic district to replace former Sen. Robert Ford, who resigned recently while battling ethics charges.
“I will be one of President Obama’s strongest defenders in the State Senate,” said Kimpson. “Governor Haley and the Republican-led legislature are playing national politics with Medicaid expansion which could jeopardize the health of thousands of our most vulnerable citizens. I’m not going to play games with Nikki Haley.”
Kimpson said he will be fighting for working families in District 42, which encompasses parts of Downtown Charleston, North Charleston and West Ashley.
“I’ve spent my career fighting for working people who have been wronged by big corporations that only care about making huge profits. I want to use my experience and skills to help fight for better public education, safer streets, more jobs, and affordable health care,” Kimpson said.
If elected, Kimpson said he plans to donate 100 percent of his State Senate salary to charities and community based projects within the district.
“To me, public service is not about making money, but about dedicating yourself to the people you represent,” he said.
Kimpson is a past chairman of the South Carolina Election Commission and first vice-chairman of the South Carolina Democratic Party. He is a graduate of Morehouse College and the University of South Carolina School of Law. He is a member of the Omega Psi Phi fraternity and a lifelong member of the NAACP.