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Congressional candidate to campaign in Florence

April 21, 2018 GMT

FLORENCE, S.C. – Dr. Bruce Fischer, a Democratic candidate for the Congressional District 7 currently held by Republican Tom Rice, will be making a campaign stop in Florence on Monday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Soulé Café at 130 S. Irby St.

The campaign stop is part of a tour of the 7th District . He is also expected to appear in Marion County on May 1, Darlington County on May 3, Marlboro and Chesterfield counties on May 5, Dillon County on May 15, and Georgetown County on May 22. Fisher appeared in Horry County on April 15 and April 17.

The seventh Congressional District includes all of the above counties listed plus a portion of Florence County.

A native of New York, Fischer is an an Army veteran and obtained a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the State University of New York-Stony Brook after leaving the military. Fischer worked in a private practice, large hospitals, and in academia. He is now retired and lives in Longs, a community in Horry County.

Running for office for the first time, Fischer is one of four Democrats running against Rice. The others are Robert Williams, who is also running to keep his seat in the South Carolina House of Representatives in House District 62, Bill Hopkins, and Mal Hyman, who lost to Rice in the 2016 election in which Rice got 61 percent of the vote to 38.9 percent for Hyman.

Rice also faces a challenge from fellow Republican Larry Hammond and Libertarian Dick Withington for the seat he has occupied since it was re-established in 2013.

The primaries are scheduled for June 12. If no candidate in either party’s primary obtains a majority, run-off elections to determine the two challengers for the seat are scheduled for June 26. The general election is scheduled for Nov. 6.