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Lieutenant Governor candidates

Ken Ard

Age | 46

Personal | Married; three children

Education | Attended Wofford College

Occupation | Former president of his family's truck-body manufacturing business

Political experience | Elected to Florence County Council in 2004

Online | ardforsc.com

What they said | "America is at a crossroads, and South Carolina is part of that," said Ard, citing a need for the conservatism and optimism he associated with former President Ronald Reagan.

Bill Connor

Age | 42

Personal | Married; three children

Education | Bachelor's degree, The Citadel; law degree, University of South Carolina School of Law

Occupation | Attorney; lieutenant colonel, U.S. Army Reserves

Political experience | None

Online | VoteConnor.com

What they said | "There is a fight for the soul and heart of the Republican Party," Connor said, urging conservatives to "stand pat" on principles.

Eleanor Kitzman

Age | 53

Personal | Single; one child

Education | Bachelor's degree, University of Houston; law degree, South Texas College of Law

Occupation | Retired insurance executive

Political experience | Appointed state insurance commissioner by Gov. Mark Sanford

Online | electeleanor.com

What they said | "I'm running because I want to bring common-sense government to light," Kitzman said in the Aiken debate. "Government doesn't create jobs - not real jobs - only the private sector can do that."

Larry Richter

Age | 62

Personal | Married; three children

Education | Bachelor's degree, University of North Carolina; law degree, University of South Carolina

Occupation | Lawyer, retired circuit judge

Political experience | Served in S.C. Senate; ran unsuccessfully for attorney general in 2002

Online | votelarryrichter.com

What they said | There is no more important issue in South Carolina than the well-being of its seniors, said Richter of the job's duties, which include stepping into the governor's seat should it become legally necessary, presiding over the Senate and, more recently, administering the Office on Aging.

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