The Democratic primary in South Carolina should be entertaining. On one side is Rep. Thomas Rhoad. He’s 82 years old and going for his 13th term. The challenger is Bakara Sellers. He just 21 a couple of weeks ago and wasn’t even alive when Rhoad’s first ran for office.
Rhoad is a retired mail carrier. He was elected in 1982 to South Carolina’s statehouse. Since then he’s held the post. He isn’t the oldest legislator in the state. That distinction goes to Senator John Drummond who is 86.
Sellers is a law student. If elected he will be the youngest member of South Carolina’s House, though not the youngest ever. Another 21 year old, David Beasley was elected to the House in 1978 and later became Governor.
Since Thomas Rhoad has served since 1982, his constituents must like how he represents them. However, maybe it’s time for new blood and new ideas. It will be interesting to see how this race plays out.