2 in running; Nash's plans unknown

SUMMERVILLE — The race for Dorchester County sheriff took a new turn Thursday night.

A new candidate entered the race, and the incumbent wasn't there to say whether he's still in the running.

Folly Beach Public Safety Director Terry Boatwright announced that he's running for sheriff. Retired State Law Enforcement Division supervisor L.C. Knight also confirmed that he will file in March for the June primary.

The candidates made their announcements at a meeting of the county Republican Party Executive Committee.

Sheriff Ray Nash was not at the meeting, prompting some influential Republicans to speculate that he might not continue his bid for re-election.

Nash also is in demand as a speaker with his character-building program. He did not return a phone call after the meeting.

Former state Rep. George Bailey said he would challenge Democratic Rep. Patsy Knight for House District 97, which includes the St. George area.

Knight unseated Bailey in the last election.

Summerville attorney Jenny Horne said she will run against state Rep. Heyward Hutson for House District 94, which includes the Summerville area.

Hutson defeated her in a special election for an unexpired term.

State Rep. Annette Young of Summerville said before the meeting that she planned to file for re-election for District 98, but she left the meeting before the time for candidates to announce their bids.

A number of candidates for other county offices also announced their bids. Candidates will file March 17-31 for the June primary.