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I’ve dedicated my life to serving the Lowcountry. I proudly served on the Charleston City Council

for 12 years before serving

as a Commissioner for the Charleston Water System. Both of these positions 

allowed me to work closely with my colleagues to fix issues and serve people from all walks of life. I look forward to applying much of that knowledge to the state level of government.


I am the proud mother of two children and have been married to my husband for thirty years. I have the support of my friends and family to take this next step and I have the time to give it my all. When our friend, State Representative Peter McCoy, announced he was resigning from office, I knew that it was the right time to continue my service and run to be your State Representative.


Having the opportunity to better the lives of residents of the Lowcountry has been the most rewarding part of my public service so far. As your State Representative, I’ll work hard to ensure we conserve the natural beauty of what makes the Lowcountry special. I’ll fight for teachers, students and schools, and I will always listen and represent you in Columbia, even if that means going against the grain.


Kathleen Wilson has served the Charleston region in multiple capacities. She holds a Bachelor of Music and Master of Music in harp performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music, serving as long time principal harpist with numerous regional orchestras.

She was elected to Charleston city council in 2005 and served as its Mayor Pro Tempore in 2008. She served full three terms as a councilmember before being elected to Charleston Water System as a commissioner in 2019.

In addition to professional and public service, Kathleen has spent a career as a marathon swimmer of international reputation, introducing the sport to South Carolina. She was the first female swimmer in history to complete marathon swimming’s Grand Slam, the 13th swimmer overall to complete the Triple Crown and first South Carolina resident to swim the English Channel. 

Kathleen has been awarded South Carolina’s highest civilian honor, the Order of the Palmetto, she ran the anchor leg of the 2002 Olympic torch relay in South Carolina and was inducted into the SC Athletic Hall of Fame in 2018. She has served on the Charleston Area Convention and Visitors Board of Governors, the Charleston Museum, the South Carolina State Municipal Association Board of Directors and the Berkeley/Charleston/Dorchester Council of Governments Board of Directors.


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