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Gov. McMaster picks Pamela Evette, Upstate businesswoman, as 2018 running mate

Henry McMaster-Pamela Evette (Photo of Evette courtesy qualitybsolutions.net)

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster has picked an Upstate businesswoman and a political newcomer as his running mate in next year's election.

McMaster announced Tuesday that Pamela Evette will run as his lieutenant governor.

The 50-year-old Evette is president and CEO of Quality Business Solutions, a payroll and human resources company based in Travelers Rest. According to the company's website, QBS' revenue has grown nearly $300 million in the past three years and is a nearly $1 billion enterprise.

“Pamela is exactly what South Carolina needs - she’s smart, hard-working, and knows how to get things done,” Governor McMaster said in a statement. “I’m proud to announce her as our next Lieutenant Governor because I know that with her help, there is no limit to where we can take South Carolina.”

Online records show Evette maxed out to McMaster's campaign in May with a $3,500 donation. Her company also gave the Republican $1,000.

“I’m honored to share a ticket with Governor McMaster, a man who has devoted his life to the people of our great state, and am so thankful for the opportunity to join him in public service.” Evette said in a statement. “Over the months and years ahead I will bring to this new challenge the same philosophy that my dad taught me years ago: work hard, do good, aim higher.”

Next year is the first time candidates for South Carolina governor and lieutenant governor will run on the ticket.

In statement to the Associated Press, McMaster's GOP opponent Catherine Templeton said the governor's announcement of a running mate is intended to be a distraction from Tuesday's court appearance of his ex-adviser Richard Quinn.

“When the time is right, we’ll pick a good, strong conservative who isn’t part of the culture of corruption,” Templeton said.

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