Every seat in the SC House of Representatives and the U.S. House of Representatives is open in 2020, as are all the seats in the SC Senate plus the U.S. Senate seat currently occupied by Sen. Lindsey Graham. Hundreds of seats will also be open for municipal and county offices and on school boards throughout the state.
SC Women in Leadership encourages women and supportive men to consider running for office at all levels of government or becoming engaged in helping someone you believe to be well-qualified in her campaign. For basic information about what offices are available, their qualifications, how to file and when, refer to the links below. All of the individual levels of government summaries on this page.
Municipal government is the public administration of cities and towns. There are 271 municipalities in South Carolina with three forms of municipal government authorized: mayor-council; council; and council-manager. Learn about running at the municipal level >>
South Carolina has 46 counties with the largest, population-wise, being Greenville and the smallest, Allendale. County government, through elected officials, administers and enforces state laws, collects taxes, assesses property, conducts elections, issues licenses, and records public documents. It also provides parks, libraries, hospitals and a host of other services. Learn about running at the county level >>
Want to make sure your local schools are properly operated? School board members are elected in 77 of the state’s 81 school districts, while four districts have members appointed by a county board. Most school board elections are held in November. Learn about running for the school board >>
SC House of Representatives
The South Carolina House of Representatives is the lower house of the South Carolina General Assembly, the upper house being the South Carolina Senate. It consists of 124 Representatives elected to two year terms at the same time as US Congressional elections. Learn about running for the the SC House >>
Statewide Office (not yet written)
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US House of Representatives
South Carolina has seven congressional districts and may have one more following the 2020 census. Each congressional district is comprised of portions of multiple counties. Learn about running for the the US House or Representatives >>