One of about 250 who was removed in June due to filing errors, today Tempel’s petition to run as an independent candidate was formally accepted by the state election commission.
"Thanks to dozens of dedicated friends and volunteers and to all 2,255 people who signed the petition, voters will now have a choice on Election Day," Tempel says. "My campaign will focus on education, jobs and the economy, and issues that affect the quality of life in our community and the wellbeing of all its citizens."
She submitted the completed petition on July 11, five days before the deadline.
The formal announcement of its acceptance is just the latest in a stream of positive news for Tempel. Last week she received endorsement from the South Carolina Building Trades organization, and today the state AFL-CIO included her in its listing of supported candidates.
"The SC AFL-CIO will work hard to elect Carol Tempel," says Ken Riley, who became chair of the organization in June.
Tempel will get open support from both of the parties whose endorsements she’d previously received, too.
"We all know Carol is a Democrat and we encourage all voters that after they push the straight-ticket Democrat button, they vote for Carol for House 115 as an independent,” says Richard Hricik, chair of the Charleston County Democratic Party.
"We're proud to support (Tempel) because she's got the courage to stand up to lobbyists and powerful interests and fight for South Carolina's working families," says Erin McKee, state chair of the South Carolina Working Families Party that co-endorsed Tempel before the filing error.
In November Tempel faces incumbent Peter McCoy Jr., who was first elected to the office in 2010.