CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) – Dorchester County state Rep. Jenny Horne plans to run against U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford in next year’s Republican primary.
Horne drew national attention when she gave an impassioned speech calling for the removal of the Confederate flag at the Statehouse after the shooting of nine members of Emanuel AME Church in Charleston.
A spokesman for Horne tells media outlets that she will make a formal announcement next week.
Horne said shortly after her July speech that she was considering a run for higher office. Sanford represents the coastal 1st District in the Lowcountry and had no opposition seeking re-election last year.
Horne has represented the Summerville area since 2008.