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South Carolina Gubernatorial candidate visits HHI

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HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC (WTOC) -

A former State Representative and Circuit Judge is challenging South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley in the upcoming Republican primary.

WTOC was the only media there when Tom Ervin stopped by the Westin Resort on Hilton Head Island Wednesday.

Ervin said he made a last minute decision to run after hearing testimony before a Senate panel about the lack of child protection under the state's Department of Social Services.

If elected, he said tourism and infrastructure will also be among his top priorities.

"We need to promote tourism," said Ervin "Tourism is our number one industry in South Carolina. We also need to improve our infrastructure, our roads and bridges. Our current governor has ignored those needs, she has no plans to improve our roads. I will have a plan and I'll get it passed."

Ervin spent 14 years working as a Circuit Judge and served two terms in the General Assembly.

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