COLUMBIA -- Republican Alan Wilson announced Tuesday that he will run for state attorney general, an early contender in the 2010 race.

Current Attorney General Henry McMaster, also a Republican, is running for governor.

Wilson is a former assistant attorney general and past Lexington County assistant solicitor. He works at a Columbia-based civil litigation law firm and serves as a judge advocate general, a position in which he provides legal support for soldiers and prosecutes military crimes. He also is a major in the South Carolina Army National Guard and a veteran of the war in Iraq.

He said he has proven leadership in the fight to keep families in South Carolina safe.

"On so many fronts, it is essential for us to have a continuity of vigilance in our struggle against all types of crime in South Carolina," Wilson said in a statement.

He and his wife, Jennifer, have a 1-year-old son, Michael. Wilson is the son of Roxanne and 2nd Congressional District Rep. Joe Wilson, a Republican.

Alan Wilson's campaign has raised more than $54,000.

He will visit Charleston on Friday and plans to attend the Irmo-Summerville football game.