SC Gov. McMaster picks Pamela Evette as running mate

Pam Evette (Credit: McMaster campaign)
Pam Evette (Credit: McMaster campaign)

COLUMBIA, SC (AP) – 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 at a press conference in Greenville that Pamela Evette will run as his lieutenant governor.

“It was clear to me that she has exactly what it needs, what it takes to be an effective leader in South Carolina,” said McMaster.

Evette, 50, of Travelers Rest is president and CEO of Quality Business Solutions, a payroll and human resources company in the Upstate. 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.

Although Evette does not have any prior political experience, she told 7 News in a sit-down interview that she belies her business background will help grow South Carolina’s economy.

“I think I have a devout understanding of what business is going through, what they need, and what they need from government to grow,” said Evette. “As a product of the American dream I am committed to paying it forward.”

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.

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

The gubernatorial and lieutenant gubernatorial race is scheduled for November of 2018.