COLUMBIA — Republican U.S. Rep. Tim Scott’s first presidential town hall series will feature former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman on Aug. 7 in Charleston.

Scott, who represents the 1st District, announced Friday that he would host the town hall series, which will feature the GOP candidates who campaign in South Carolina for the “First in the South” presidential primary. The contest is tentatively scheduled for late February.

“This year, it is more important than ever before that Republicans choose the right candidate, so that we can restore conservative values to the White House and get our country back on track,” Scott said in a statement.

The Huntsman town hall will be held at 5 p.m. at Charles Towne Landing. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Scott said the forum will give South Carolina voters a unique opportunity to get to know the candidates individually and ask them questions.

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“This is a chance for everyone to be involved in the process,” he said.

U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., will hold a Sept. 5 forum in Columbia for the Republican candidates. Unlike a debate, the candidates will be invited on the stage individually to take questions from DeMint and two other hosts. ETV will broadcast the forum.

Additionally, the third annual RedState Gathering will be Aug. 12-14 at the Francis Marion Hotel in Charleston. Gov. Nikki Haley will be the keynote speaker. Several 2012 GOP presidential hopefuls have been invited.

Scott’s First in the South Presidential Town Hall Series is co-sponsored by GOP and tea party activist groups throughout the Lowcountry. Other dates will be announced in the coming weeks.