“I want to be the voice of the people of South Carolina,” she said.
Her decision to run has many influences, ranging from faith to familiarity with public needs, but feminism plays a role, too, the Democrat previously acknowledged while still considering a campaign.
South Carolina has no female elected official in the federal government, and ranks second lowest of the 50 states in number of women in state legislature.
Her commitment to female representation is quite evident; she holds titles of president of the National Order of Women Legislators, chair of the National Foundation for Women Legislators, former president of the Richland Democratic Women, and member of the Women of National Association of Counties.
Those roles join many others Dickerson’s held and still serves, as well, such as chair of the Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority and executive board of the region’s Council of Government.
Dickinson has definite opportunity to use female representation as a platform in her campaign against Scott. In February, he blocked the Violence Against Women Act from coming to the floor for vote; when the bill did finally arise, Scott voted against it.
Also influencing her campaign decision, Dickerson wants to let voters “elect someone they can choose, not that the governor appoints,” she said.
Incumbent Scott was appointed to the Senate seat by Gov. Nikki Haley in December 2012 following Jim Demint’s resignation.
First elected to Richland County Council in 2004, last year Dickerson won a third term, taking 73 percent of the vote in the Dist. 2 race.
The new Senate candidate will speak before the Dorchester County Democratic Party at 9 a.m. on Sat., Nov. 16 at Ryan’s (1314 N Main St. in Summerville).