Local Election

Fanning files in District 17 Senate race in Chester

The latest entrant in a growing field of state Senate hopefuls will make it official on Tuesday.

Mike Fanning, a Great Falls Democrat, has announced he plans to file for the District 17 Senate race in Chester on Tuesday afternoon, followed by a news conference on the Chester town square at 6 p.m.

Fanning formally announced he intended to challenge incumbent Sen. Creighton Coleman for the Democratic nomination back in October.

“I’ve been campaigning hard for five months now, so I’m thrilled to finally make it official,” Fanning said in a news release. “There’s no stopping us now!”

The executive director of the Olde English Consortium, a nonprofit educational collaborative, Fanning is running on a platform of education reform and rewriting the state’s tax code.

Fanning is the founder of ROAR (Reduce Our Awful tax Rates), a statewide nonprofit “intent on creating a fair and rational tax code to replace the current tangled mess which robs Workaday Peter to pay Special Interests Paul.”

Fanning joins Coleman in the race, along with Morgan Reeves, a former candidate for governor on the Green and United Citizens party tickets in 2010 and 2014, who is also running as a Democrat in the June 14 primary.

Republican Mark Palmer of York is also running in the race.

The largely rural district includes all of Fairfield and Chester counties as well as the southern portion of York County, including the city of York and southern Rock Hill.

Filing for November’s election remains open until noon Wednesday.

Bristow Marchant: 803-329-4062, @BristowatHome