Greenville attorney and former Greenville County School Board member William Herlong said Wednesday he is running for state attorney general as a Republican.
Herlong, 59, said he would make an official announcement in January.
“South Carolina is a truly wonderful place, but the corruption in our state capital threatens us, our reputation, and our way of life,” Herlong said in an email disclosing his intention. “The AG is the one officer who must do everything in his power to prevent and punish corruption. Our current AG has failed in that duty. In fact, he has actively worked to block others from pursuing corruption.”
Current Attorney General Alan Wilson, who has been said to have gubernatorial aspirations, drew criticism earlier this year when he tried last year to block appointed special prosecutor David Pascoe from using the state grand jury to examine alleged misconduct by state legislators. Eventually, the South Carolina Supreme Court ruled that Pascoe had acted within his authority.
“A competent AG must be dedicated, honest, fair, and trustworthy. He must be a successful, independent, seasoned professional and must know where politics belongs and where it does not. He must be relentless and utterly unafraid to challenge the ‘powers that be,’” Herlong said in the email.
Herlong continued, “The first antidote to corruption is a new AG who is dead-level serious about challenging the status quo and prosecuting malfeasance, regardless of title or influence, and who has the ability and the will to make that happen.”
Herlong, who said he is not a politician and does not have interest in making the attorney general’s office a steppingstone to run for governor or senator, has lived in Greenville since 1989 and grew up in Saluda, S.C.
He has practiced law for 32 years, the last 13 years in his own firm.
Herlong served two terms on the Greenville County School Board, a nonpartisan office.