Elizabeth Colbert-Busch and Ben Frasier faced off for the first time in the Charleston area tonight, as the Democratic 1st Congressional District candidates talked to a crowd of about 50 on James Island.

Colbert-Busch, business development director at Clemson University’s Restoration Institute, said she entered the race for the seat to give back to the community that supported her during her life’s ups and downs.

“When I got in trouble and couldn’t find my way, the people in this community lifted me up, pushed me forward and said you can do this.”

Frasier, who has sought the seat almost 20 times since 1972, said his message is the same. He said he supports lower taxes and government regulation. “If you don’t think you’re paying too much taxes, you have a lot of money,” he said, joking, You can give me some for the campaign.”

The Democratic primary is March 19, and the deadline for registering in person is Friday -- or Saturday if it’s mailed in.

The winner will face the victor from the 16-candidate Republican field, and possibly other third party candidates, on May 7.

Read more in upcoming editions of The Post and Courier.