State Rep. Nancy Mace (R — Charleston and Berkeley County), has entered the race for United States Congress (1st Congressional District).

The Goose Creek native is a mother, businesswoman, and a State Representative. She graduated magna cum laude from The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina, where she was the school’s first female to graduate from its Corps of Cadets in 1999.

“The Lowcountry is my home,” Mace said in a campaign statement. “I grew up here and I’m raising my family here. My whole career has always been about working hard to deliver results — both for my clients in business and for the taxpayers I represent in the General Assembly. But Washington is filled with politicians more worried about being someone, rather than actually doing something. I’m tired of the BS and I know voters are too,” Mace said.

She is one of four GOP candidates seeking to take the Congressional seat from Democratic Rep. Joe Cunningham.

She said Republicans can win back the First Congressional District with a candidate who is supportive of the President on infrastructure and immigration; someone who has a solid record of true fiscally conservative values; but also a conservationist who believes in preserving the beauty and quality of life in the Lowcountry.

“We need to stop rebuilding the world, and start rebuilding America, our roads and bridges need it,” Mace said. “We need to keep government off our backs and protect our Constitutional rights. And supporting America first means securing America first, so we need to build the wall and vastly improve border security. We simply cannot allow radical politicians in Washington to turn America into a socialist country.”

Mace said she will stand up for her beliefs and constituents “even when it means bucking the party line.”

She recently wrote an op-ed for USA Today, speaking out against offshore drilling in South Carolina.

“The people who elected me to South Carolina’s House District 99 in the Charleston area are vociferously opposed to oil drilling and the seismic testing that precedes it,” Mace wrote. “They believe — and I concur —that seismic testing and oil drilling jeopardize a coastal economy that relies on clean beaches and inviting water.”

The three other GOP candidates also challenging Cunningham are Mike Covert, Logan Cunningham, and Kathy Landing.

Mace will be on the Nov. 3, 2020 ballot.