Former York County Council member to run for Scott’s U.S. Senate seat

A former York County Council member and Rock Hill native is challenging U.S. Sen. Tim Scott for his seat.

Sidney Moore, 65, is one of two Democratic challengers who have filed for the Senate post with the state Election Commission as of Thursday afternoon. The filing period closes Sunday.

Moore will be squaring off with Richland County Councilwoman Joyce Dickerson for the Democratic nomination.

Scott, who was appointed to the Senate position in 2013 by Gov. Nikki Haley after Jim DeMint vacated the seat, also faces a Republican challenger from Greenville, Randall Young.

The self-described “active retiree” served as a county councilman for District 4 in Rock Hill for two consecutive terms in the late 1970s, according to a council clerk.

During his years on the council, Moore worked in real estate and insurance and later moved to Aiken County where he also worked in local government. Moore returned to Rock Hill in the early 1990s.

“We can’t take ideological positions and pat ourselves on the back,” said Moore, who, if elected, promises to take a “narrower focus” as a senator to promote “solutions” and “compromise.”

Like other Democratic challengers running in a Republican stronghold state, Moore is emphasizing his ability to cross partisan lines to get things done in Congress as a way to appeal to voters.

Moore said he’s interested in addressing education needs in underserved counties in the state and fostering community support. He officially filed for the Senate seat on Wednesday afternoon and is focusing on clinching the Democratic nomination.

“I have broader exposure,” Moore said of his Democratic competitor Dickerson. “I hope that’s what will push me over the top.”

The Rock Hill native is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and attended the former Emmett Scott High School in Rock Hill, a school for black students that existed before Rock Hill schools were integrated.

Moore has two daughters and several grandchildren. He briefly worked for The Herald as a reporter in the 1970s.

While Moore said he thinks the chances of a Democrat winning a Senate seat in South Carolina are tough, he remains hopeful.

“South Carolina is a red state and not likely to be otherwise in 2014, but I’m ever optimistic and hope to prove them wrong.”