After leaving Charleston County Council in 2010, Paul Thurmond seemed to turn up on every ballot in the Charleston metro area until he finally landed a spot in the state Senate last year. An unsuccessful bid for the 1st Congressional District in 2010 led to a part-time gig as a hand shaker and North Charleston city prosecutor, while the run-up to the 2012 election led to speculation about what down-ballot race Thurmond would jump into. After being forced into a runoff to win the October special election to succeed Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell in the Senate (until November), even Thurmond couldn’t go untouched by 2012’s unfortunate ballot-apocalypse, and it looked as though he would once again find himself as a man without a district. After a few appeals, a primary, and a general election, South Carolina can once again say it has its very own Sen. Thurmond.