Mark Sanford for president

Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford is running to be the Republican nominee for president. Sanford will spend Friday in the Mount Washington Valley campaigning. (COURTESY PHOTO)

CONWAY — When Republican presidential candidate Mark Sanford visits the Mount Washington Valley today, one of his stops will be at the Conway Daily Sun offices at 12:30 p.m. for an editorial board interview.

We invite our readers to join us for the interview via the livestream video feed will will on our Facebook page (

Sanford, 59, is one of three candidates who have thrown their hats in the ring to challenge Donald Trump for the Republican nomination, along with former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld and former Illinois congressman Joe Walsh.

Sanford, who says he is a conservative, said one of his top concerns is the deficit. In announcing his run for the GOP nomination on Sept. 8 on Fox News, he said, “(Trump is) not delivering on what he said he was going to do, which is eliminate the debt.”

Sanford served in Congress from 1995-2001 and 2013-19, and was governor of South Carolina from 2003-11. Until recently, he had been a teaching fellow at the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics.

Sanford has also announced his plans to to talk with students at Kennett High School this morning, followed by a visit to the Gibson Center for Senior Services in North Conway at 11:15 a.m.

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