Black Republicans forging new paths in S. Carolina

The StateOctober 13, 2008 

ROCK HILL — Marvin Rogers is trying to scale a political hill that few others would attempt to climb.

Rogers is a black Republican, running to fill an open York County House seat held by black Democrats for more than 30 years.

Some view Rogers as the ultimate party pooper for attempting his feat during a historic run for president by a black Democrat.

But if Rogers, 32, pulls it off, he’ll make some history of his own. Rogers would be one of the first black Republicans in the S.C. House in about 100 years.

Two other black Republicans, Tim Scott, now Charleston County Council chairman, and Bonnie Adams, of Green Pond, also are vying for House seats in next month’s election.

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