Richland County Councilman Overture Walker Has Filed to Run for Senate District 22

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(Columbia, SC) – Yesterday, Richland County Councilman Overture Walker filed to run in the Democratic primary for South Carolina Senate District 22 in Richland County.

Walker said he carefully considered entering the Senate race and determined that he could fill a need as an elected Democrat in the State House. He said he would work to ensure that state government works for all South Carolinians and, more importantly, restore political balance in the General Assembly.

“With the passage of far-right legislation taking us backward rather than forward as a state, Democrats must feel uncomfortable about being in a minority with no impact. We can’t be satisfied with the imbalance that now exists. Democrats must work to either become a governing party or an impactful force,” said Walker.

Democrats are a decided minority in the State House. They must never become comfortable with that, Walker said. “We must increase the number of elected Democrats to ensure the people we represent have a strong voice when it comes to legislation and deliberation,” he said. “We must be steadfast in challenging far-right policies that threaten freedoms, seek to turn back the clock, or rewrite history.”

“We must be vocal, we must be vigilant, and we must be uncompromising in representing the people we serve and in demanding a consistent, impactful seat at the table,” said Walker. “My goal is to ensure that no one party can dictate the direction of our state without fair representation of all its people.”

As a senator, Walker’s priorities would include making sure the government works for everyone, women’s reproductive health, economic and workforce development, supporting public education, making housing more accessible, improving and expanding the process for the selection of judges, improving infrastructure, including roads and bridges, and protecting public safety.

Walker, a 43-year-old attorney, had filed to run for reelection to County Council but felt compelled to enter the Senate 22 race after learning that Sen. Mia McLeod will not seek reelection. “I had long noted that as long as Mia McLeod was in or seeking the seat, she was my senator. However, when I learned she would not seek reelection, I felt it my duty to seek to serve in a wider capacity,” Walker said.

“I have loved my time on Richland County Council. The opportunity to serve my home county has been amazing and we have gotten much done. I ran for County Council to help restore public confidence in county government and to make it more effective in delivering services and conducting the people’s business,” Walker said. “I firmly believe the county now operates more openly, effectively, and productively.”

Walker, who served as Richland County Council chair for two years, said he is proud of the county’s strides. The county has a Triple-A credit rating and has not increased general fund taxes in six years. Last year was one of the county’s best in terms of economic development, highlighted by Scout Motors’ announcement that it will build a $2 billion, 4,000-employee plant in the county.

Walker, a small business owner and former municipal judge, served on various council committees during his tenure on County Council. He graduated from the USC School of Law and interned for former Gov. Jim Hodges. He is married and has one child who attends public school in Richland District Two.

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