Warren receives endorsement from former First Lady

June 19 14:16 2018 Print This Article

Gubernatorial candidate John Warren picked up an endorsement from former South Carolina First Lady Anne Edwards Tuesday in a campaign stop at Page’s Okra Grill in Mt. Pleasant. Edwards’ husband Jim became the first Republican Governor in the state since Reconstruction in a stunning 1974 victory. Warren made a sweep of the Lowcountry Tuesday with a visit to a pastors breakfast meeting in Summerville and later to the Sun City retirement community in Bluffton. He was accompanied by his running mate Pat McKinney, his wife Courtney and his infant son Drew.

Edwards met Warren shortly after announcing his candidacy in February. She was impressed with his combat record in the Marines, which included more than 300 combat missions in Iraq, and his experience as a successful business owner. Warren founded Lima One Capital after leaving the Marines and the business now has more than $1 Billion in capital investment. Lima One loans money to real estate investors. Warren recalls Edwards asking him, “How do you plan to win?” and told her that he followed much of her advice. Edwards referred to Warren as a conservative reformer and said that he reminded her a lot of the late Governor Jim Edwards. He faces Governor Henry McMaster in a June 26 runoff. Absentee voting is already underway at the county election offices.

Speaking on an issue of local importance, Warren stated that he strongly supports the completion of I-526, which would connect West Ashley with Johns Island and James Island. The project has been stalled since receiving funding from the State Transportation Infrastructure Bank (STIB) in 2007. While McMaster paid lip service to the project weeks before the June 12 primary, he has not moved the needle in discussions between Charleston County and the seven-member STIB board. Warren said he would be an action Governor who will lead the way on vital infrastructure projects. He wants to restructure the SCDOT and make it a true cabinet agency administered completely by the Governor’s office.

Warren and McMaster will face off in a 7pm debate Wednesday on South Carolina ETV, sponsored by the state public broadcasting network and the (Charleston) Post and Courier newspaper. The event will be held at the historic Newberry Opera House.