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8/1/2019 6:23:00 PM
Billy Garrett Considers State Senate Bid
Kicks off exploratory effort with $50,000

Longtime Greenwood attorney, Billy Garrett Jr., is seriously considering running as a Republican for State Senate District 10 in 2020. His initial campaign finance report shows a $50,000 loan to the campaign effort. Garrett is the only Republican candidate to have filed initial campaign disclosure documents. Filing for the Senate race opens noon March 16, 2020 and closes noon March 30, 2020.

“Over the past few months many friends, neighbors, and community leaders have urged me to consider running for State Senate in District 10.  It came as a bit of a surprise at first. I’m not a politician. However, I believe there are so many things that we can do to make our community a better and safer place to live, work, and raise our families. We need new, common sense leadership in Columbia that will bring people together around positive solutions and real reforms that make our roads, economy, and education great in South Carolina.” Garrett said.

Garrett consistently sought justice and fairness while serving as a Municipal Judge in Ninety-Six before founding the Greenwood Mediation Center, where he is known for bringing people together to resolve conflicts and find solutions. Passionate, fierce and relentless, Mr. Garrett is generally considered one of the top lawyers in South Carolina, with a reputation for Bulldog tenacity in the courtroom. One that won’t give ground, go along or go away when fighting for those he represents.

“As State Senator, I would bring the same fight, the same passion to serving the people as I have to representing my clients in the courtroom. We need leadership in Columbia who can both resolve conflicts, find solutions, and be a strong voice that will fight for our rural and small-town conservative values. Leadership that will tirelessly work to reform Government and fight tax and spend policies instead of promoting a progressive liberal agenda.” said Garrett.

Hard work was instilled in Garrett at a young age and a value he pledges to bring with him to the Senate. “I deeply appreciate the value of a dollar and a hard day’s work. At 12 years old I started shining shoes before bagging groceries at the local Piggly Wiggly. After graduating from Greenwood High, I became the first in my family to go to college because I wanted to manage my own Piggly Wiggly one day. When I graduated from Lander, I certainly never thought I would go on to USC Law School, just like I hadn’t planned to run for office. Sometimes we are led down unexpected paths.”

Senate District 10 encompasses Abbeville County, McCormick County, part of Saluda County, and most of Greenwood County. Democratic Senator Floyd Nicholson has represented the district for over a decade and has announced his intention to run for a fourth term. Garrett and Nicholson would face off in November of 2020. For more information please visit

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