Krystle N. Matthews is an American politician and planner. She is a member of the South Carolina House of Representatives from the 117th district, serving since 2018.[1] She is a member of the Democratic Party.[2]

On April 12, 2021, Matthews announced her candidacy in the 2022 election for South Carolina’s Class 3 seat in the United States Senate.[3] She won the Democratic primary on June 28, and will face incumbent Republican senator Tim Scott in the general election.[4]

Political career

Matthews is a member of the Medical, Military, Public, and Municipal Affairs Committee, and of the Operations and Management committee. [1]

2022 phone recording

On June 26th, 2022, audio of a prison phone call was released by the activist group Project Veritas. On the recording, Matthews expressed a desire to accept money from drug dealers to fund her campaign, asking, “Where the fuck is (sic) my black people with money? Give me that dope boy money.” To get the money, she asked the inmate to, “Find you (sic) somebody in your family that doesn’t even know you are donating to my campaign, and put it under their name.”[5]

In the phone call she also asked for “secret sleepers” to run as Republicans to try and infiltrate the party, telling the inmate, “we need them to run as the other side even though they are for our side, and we need them to win.” She also suggested, “we need folks that wear all black at night and take they (sic) fucking yard signs down when they (sic) sleeping.”[5]

Matthews won the primary runoff two days later. In reference to the recording, Matthews said, “Nothing I said was untrue. And everything I said are also things that I’ve already talked about throughout my campaign. I don’t run from anything.”[5] She referred to the leak as a political hit job,[5]saying the phone call with the inmate was “tongue in cheek”, did not “reflect the full picture”, and added she is “not advocating for any illegal activity in campaigns.”[6] She apologized for her language in a private conversation.[7]

Personal life

Matthews was born in Sandusky, Ohio and currently resides in Ladson, South Carolina. She has five children.[1] She worked as an engineering planner until 2021.[5]

Electoral history

South Carolina House of Representatives


Matthews was the only Democrat in her district to run in 2018, so there was no Democratic primary.

South Carolina House of Representatives District 117 General Election, 2018
Democratic Krystle Matthews 5,577 53.5
RepublicanBill Crosby (incumbent)4,84246.4
Total votes10,434 100.0
Democratic gain from Republican
South Carolina House of Representatives District 117 General Election, 2020[8]
Democratic Krystle Matthews (incumbent) 8,902 52.62
RepublicanJordan Pace7,99847.28
Total votes16,916 100.0
Democratic hold


  1. ^ a b c “South Carolina Legislature Online – Member Biography”. Retrieved April 2, 2020.
  2. ^ “Krystle Matthews’s Biography”. Vote Smart. Retrieved April 2, 2020.
  3. ^ Novelly, Thomas (April 12, 2021). “Lowcountry Democratic lawmaker announces challenge to Republican Sen. Tim Scott in 2022”. Post and Courier. Retrieved April 13, 2021.
  4. ^ “State Rep. Krystle Matthews wins Democratic U.S. Senate nod in South Carolina”. PBS NewsHour. June 28, 2022. Retrieved June 30, 2022.
  5. ^ a b c d e Staff, A. O. L. “SC lawmaker Krystle Matthews wins Democratic nomination to take on Republican Tim Scott”. Retrieved June 30, 2022.
  6. ^ “Matthews wins Democratic US Senate nod in South Carolina”. June 28, 2022. Retrieved July 23, 2022.
  7. ^ Dillane, Matt (June 30, 2022). “Krystle Matthews apologizes for leaked audio while calling on others to apologize too”. WPDE. Retrieved July 23, 2022.
  8. ^ SC Election Commission

External links

South Carolina House of Representatives
Preceded by

Member of the South Carolina House of Representatives
from the 117th district

Party political offices
Preceded by

Democratic nominee for U.S. Senator from South Carolina
(Class 3)