(CNN) – Paul Thurmond, the youngest son of the late Sen. Strom Thurmond, has officially jumped in the race to replace retiring Rep. Henry Brown in South Carolina's 1st congressional district.
In announcing his bid, the Republican cited a love of public service instilled in him by his father - a legendary political figure who served as South Carolina governor and senator along with running for president in 1948 on a segregationist platform.
Thurmond, a 34-year old attorney, had formed an exploratory committee earlier this month. He sounded a populist note in his announcement.
"My candidacy isn't about me – it's about us," he said. "We've reached a point where Congress is simply ignoring the will of the people, and that's not acceptable. It's time to return power to the people, and the states – where it constitutionally belongs."
Thurmond enters an already-crowded GOP primary field that includes another candidate with a famous name: Carroll "Tumpy" Campbell III is one of former governor Carroll Campbell's sons.