Charleston County now has its second Democratic candidate for governor in 2010, as the Rev. Amos A. Elliott of West Ashley plans to announce his bid Friday.
Elliott, 37, has never run for public office before. He said he knows he faces an uphill fight but has received encouragement to enter the race.
These times call for an extraordinary person, he said Tuesday, and "it's going to take more than philosophical ideas and good ideas to get this economy back into order."
Elliott, who plans to announce his candidacy at 6 p.m. Friday in North Charleston's Park Circle, joins state Sen. Robert Ford, D-Charleston, and state Sen. Vincent Sheheen, D-Camden, in the initial stages of seeking the Democratic gubernatorial nomination.
Elliott said he first considered his candidacy several months ago, but Gov. Mark Sanford's stated intent not to accept $700 million in stimulus money only cemented his will to run.
"People want someone that is not caught up into that politics as usual, but someone that will deliver and implement what the needs and desires of the people are," he said.
Elliott said he has been a minister for 17 years and currently runs The Church Purchased With His Blood, formerly The Church of God in West Ashley.
Prominent Republicans who have indicated their interest or been mentioned as possible candidates include Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer, S.C. Attorney General Henry McMaster and 3rd District Rep. Gresham Barrett. Sanford is finishing his second term and cannot seek a third.