Stephen Colbert sometimes jokes about running for political office in his native South Carolina.
One of the political satirist’s older sisters is doing it.
Elizabeth Colbert-Busch will seek the Democratic nomination in the vacant 1st Congressional District in and around Charleston, according to Amanda Loveday, the executive director of the state Democratic Party.
Colbert-Busch, a business development official at Clemson University, will file candidacy papers on Jan. 22, Loveday said in an interview.
Colbert attracted attention during the 2012 election by forming a super-political action committee and announcing on his Comedy Central program that he would explore running for “president of the United States of South Carolina.”
Republican Tim Scott vacated the 1st District seat on Jan. 2 to accept an appointment to the Senate. The district votes Republican, and some Republican state legislators are seeking the seat along with Mark Sanford, a former governor and congressman.
Primary elections are scheduled for March 19, followed by runoff elections on April 2 if necessary. The special election will be held May 7.