Ravenel to file for Senate bid

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WACH) - Former state treasurer Thomas Ravenel said Friday he will submit signatures to state election commission officials in his bid for the U.S. Senate seat held by Republican Lindsey Graham.

The Lowcountry developer and "Southern Charm" reality show star needs 10,000 petition signatures from registered South Carolina voters to get on the November ballot as an independent candidate against Graham and Democratic challenger state Sen. Brad Hutto.

The Ravenel camp said Friday that Ravenel plans to file for office and meet with election officials on Monday morning.

Ravenel resigned from the state treasurer's office in 2007 after pleading guilty to cocaine charges. He served ten months in a federal prison.

Ravenel made a failed bid for U.S. Senate in 2004.