Republican candidate for governor John Warren announced Tuesday that he has been endorsed by Greenville Mayor Knox White and about 60 other business leaders from throughout South Carolina.
White is listed as one of three chairmen of the "business leaders for Warren coalition," according to a statement that Warren’s campaign issued. The coalition’s other two leaders are Pat McKinney of Charleston, who is a former chairman of the State Ports Authority, and Elise Bidwell of Columbia, who serves on the state Educational Television Commission.
Warren is a Marine veteran and founder of Lima One Capital, a specialty mortgage-finance company based in downtown Greenville.
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In the statement issued by Warren’s campaign, McKinney said “’lots of candidates talk about creating jobs, but John is the only candidate running for governor who has created more than 300 jobs. As a businessman, John has the experience and vision to be the best ‘jobs governor’ in our state’s history.”
Greenville businessman Lance Byars said he trusts Warren "to recruit new businesses to the state and support our small businesses by keeping taxes low."
"As a Marine and a businessman, he is the right leader for our state," Byars said.
John Warren, a GOP candidate for governor, answers questions at a forum at the Poinsett Club in Greenville on Tuesday, May 1, 2018.
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Warren said said he was “honored to receive the support of so many South Carolina business leaders."
"I am committed to bringing the principles I learned in business to solve the problems in state government," he said.
Tuesday’s endorsements come after Warren announced last week that he and his wife were investing another $2.5 million in his campaign for governor.
Warren, who is making his first run for elected office, is among four Republicans challenging incumbent GOP governor Henry McMaster in the June 12 primary. The other Republican candidates are Lt. Gov. Kevin Bryant of Anderson, former Lt. Gov. Yancey McGill of Kingstree and Charleston attorney Catherine Templeton.
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