Democratic Rep. Patsy Knight is being challenged by Republican Ed Carter in the House District 97 race.

The seat represents most of Dorchester County outside Summerville.

When Carter, of Dorchester, a former county administrator, talks about having a council that’s united, not divided, he means one thing: Knight is the lone Democrat in the county delegation, although Sen. John W. Matthews Jr., D-Orangeburg, represents a portion of the upper county.

“We’ve had a delegation that wasn’t marching on the same path,” Carter said, adding it’s tough for a minority party to work within a delegation.

Knight, of St. George, who has held the seat since 2006, disagrees. “Party shouldn’t stand in the way of being productive,” she said, “and I’ve never let party do that.”

Carter has been haunted by a sexual harassment accusation over a remark he made while an Air Force wing commander in Korea in the 1990s. The accusation was leveled in the wake of the Air Force’s Tail Hook scandal when, if anybody complained, he said, you were guilty until proven innocent.