Richland County Councilperson going for U.S. Senate

Joyce Dickerson

COLUMBIA, SC (WACH)- A familiar face in Richland County politics is running for national office.

Richland County councilmember Joyce Dickerson is running against Senator Tim Scott in next year's special election for U.S. Senate.

Governor Haley appointed the Republican to serve the remaider of former Senator Jim Demint's term, after he resigned to head a the Heritage Foundaion, a Washington based think-tank.

Dickerson,a Democrat said she's running an uphill battle, but is ready for the challenge.

"I really think this will be an opportunity for me to be a voice, now I understand how all of this works and I know this will be an uphill battle, but I've armed myself and I'm ready to go to war," Dickerson said.

The Democrat said she's gotten lots of support from political allies in the area. While on County Council, she was really well known for her staunch advocacy of the area's bus system, now known as "The Comet." She also worked to enact Richland County's penny sales tax, which passed into law in 2013.

According to her biography on, she was first elected sworn into office in 2005 and reelected in November of 2013. The biography also reads, "Ms. Dickerson is vastly becoming a political dynamo on the national scene as well and occupies several high powered positions within the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and is becoming the go to person on womens issues for and is currently the Chair of the National Foundation for Women Legislators. Richland County is certainly proud of the strides that Ms. Dickerson in making during her time as a policy maker."