Greenville attorney William Herlong made his run for South Carolina Attorney General official Monday morning at the Statehouse in Columbia.
Herlong, 59, will seek the Republican nomination for the seat.
Herlong has called for current Attorney General Alan Wilson to step down because of his ties to targets of a corruption probe at the Statehouse.
“If our state government is to function properly, honestly, and fairly, we must have an Attorney General who is honest and independent, someone with experience and good judgment, and most importantly someone who recognizes that the good ol’ boy network is not really any good at all. Unfortunately, our current Attorney General does not meet any of these tests,” Herlong said.
Herlong is a South Carolina native who has lived in Greenville since 1989. He has worked for law firms large and small, including Covington & Burlig in Washington, D.C., and the Wyche Firm and Nelson Mullins in Greenville. For the past 13 years, he’s had his own firm.
Herlong has also worked pro bono in the 13th Circuit Solicitor’s Office as part of a docket reduction project.
He served two terms on the Greenville County School Board.
“I am convinced the first antidote to corruption is to elect a new Attorney General 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,” he said. “This is a challenge I relish. I cannot imagine anything more professionally or personally rewarding than using what I’ve learned over 32 years of law practice on behalf of the public of my home state to nail politicians who abuse the public trust. I am eager for this fight.”
This is Herlong’s first run at statewide office. He did have an unsuccessful run at the District 24 seat in the state House of Representatives more than 10 years ago when David Wilkins left to become U.S. ambassador to Canada under former President George W. Bush.