Lima One Capital CEO announces SC gubernatorial bid

John S. Warren. Photo by Will Crooks

John S. Warren, founder and CEO of Lima One Capital, a specialty mortgage finance company based in Greenville and currently active in 40 states, has announced that he has “filed to explore a run for the Republican nomination for governor” of South Carolina.

Warren released the following statement via

“We need to clean up Columbia and end the sickening culture of corruption that infects our state government. Political insiders and career politicians have handed the keys to our state over to the lobbyists and special interest groups and forgotten about the people I swore an oath to protect. I am a former Marine Captain, successful businessman, and conservative outsider who is not beholden to anyone. As a veteran who led over 300 combat missions, I can tell you that when I take on a mission, I always see it through.  And if I run for governor, my mission will be to clean up Columbia and end the big-government gravy train that has done nothing but line the pockets of political insiders at the expense of the people. That is why today I have filed to explore a run for the Republican nomination for Governor.” 

Warren is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and served for four years on active duty as an infantry officer. In March 2006, he was deployed to Ramadi, Iraq, with 3rd Battalion, 8th Marines and “spent seven months conducting combat operations against insurgent forces.”

He is a graduate of Washington and Lee University, and he earned an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business. In 2016, the Upstate Business Journal named Warren “The Closer” in its Who’s Who Awards.

Warren will join incumbent Gov. Henry McMaster, Lt. Gov. Kevin Bryant, Catherine Templeton, and former Lt. Gov. Yancey McGill in the GOP’s field of candidates.

State Rep. James Smith, D-Columbia, and Phil Noble, a Charleston-based business and technology consultant, have both declared their candidacy as Democratic challengers.



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