CHARLESTON, S.C. – Today, State Representative Deon Tedder (H.D. 109) officially filed as a candidate for State Senate District 42.

Tedder was joined at the Board of Elections in North Charleston by his wife, Jillian.

“We need someone who is serious about improving our public schools, increasing opportunities for high-paying jobs, and ensuring that everyone has access to affordable housing. I’m ready to lead Senate District 42 by tackling these challenges head-on, and that is the kind of leader this district needs,” Tedder said.

Also on Friday, Tedder filed his second quarter state ethics report with the South Carolina State Ethics Commission and reported raising more than $83,000 since declaring his intention to run for the office in March. Approximately $75,000 was raised in the past three months alone.

Such a strong fundraising effort is unusual for a Special Election, where voter apathy and unawareness often plague candidates.

“I am proud of our fundraising efforts this quarter and I am grateful for everyone’s generosity and belief in my candidacy,” Tedder said. “We have worked diligently to reach out to our supporters, and they have responded. This shows the tremendous amount of support the people of Senate District 42 have for my campaign.”

The Senate District 42 Seat became vacant when popular Senator Marlon Kimpson resigned in June after 10 years of service in the State Senate. Kimpson is joining the Biden administration as a trade advisor. The district encompasses the Charleston peninsula north of Calhoun as well as much of North Charleston and the St. Andrews portion of West Ashley.

Tedder, a local attorney, was first elected to the State House in 2020, following the retirement of longtime Representative David Mack (D). Tedder was re-elected in 2022.

“I’m asking everyone in Senate District 42 for their vote and support in this very important election,” Tedder said.

The Democratic Primary for the Senate District 42 Special Election will be held on September 5th.