On Feb. 16 Rep. Jim Clyburn endorsed the Democratic candidate in the upcoming primary race.
At press conference from downtown’s High Cotton, the 6th District representative said the neighboring 1st District is overdue for representation.
“We don’t have it now; we can have it after this special election,” he said.
The last Democrat to hold this congressional seat was Mendel J. Davis, who retired from the office in 1981.
Charleston’s Mayor Joe Riley offered his endorsement from Waterfront Park on Thursday, which Colbert-Busch called “a significant day for her campaign.”
Reflecting on his experience working with Colbert-Busch in her roles with the Port of Charleston and Clemson’s Restoration Institute, Riley described her as “a tireless worker, a self-made woman(.)”
Riley’s held the non-partisan mayoral seat since 1975.
These latest bring Colbert-Busch’s significant endorsements to five. Two former primary competitors –Martin Skelly and Bobbie Rose – offered their backing after each withdrew from the race. South Carolina’s AFL-CIO endorsed Colbert-Busch on Feb. 12.
She faces long-time candidate Ben Frasier in a March 19 primary; the general election for this vacant congressional seat is May 7.