By Paul Gable
Two more candidates announced they were entering the race for the new S.C. 7th Congressional District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Gloria Tinubu, from Atlanta, Ga., announced she will run on the Democratic side. She is a native of Plantersville.
According to a member profile of the Georgia House of Representatives , Tinubu earned a Master’s Degree in Agricultural Economics and a PhD. in Applied Economics from Clemson University. She chaired the Economics Department at Spelman College and served 18 months as President of Barber-Scotia College, a historically black college in Concord, N.C.
In the late 1990’s, Tinubu served on the Atlanta city council and twice ran for mayor of Atlanta. She is listed as the current District 60 member of the Georgia House of Representatives, representing parts of Fulton, DeKalb and Clayton counties.
Jim Mader of Pawleys Island announced he will be a candidate for the Republican nomination. He has no previous elective experience, but said he is getting into the race because of irritation with the way government operates in Washington, D.C.
Mader is unhappy with the federal budget process and is a strong advocate of better education for American students.
The two new candidates bring the total of announced candidates to 15.
Tinubu raises the number of Democratic candidates to four, joining Myrtle Beach attorneys Preston Brittain and Parnell Diggs as well as S.C. Rep. Ted Vick of Chesterfield.
Mader joins former S.C. Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer, S.C. Rep. Thad Viers, Horry County Council Chairman Tom Rice, Myrtle Beach City Council member Randal Wallace, Myrtle Beach business owner Debbie Harwell, Florence attorney Jay Jordan, Murrells Inlet realtor Renee Culler, local television personality Mande Wilkes, Myrtle Beach business owner Dick Withington and Gary Stephens in a Republican field of 11.