CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- Democratic state Rep. Leon Stavrinakis said on Wednesday that he would not seek the U.S. House seat left open by Tim Scott.
Scott was recently appointed to the Senate by Gov. Nikki Haley after Sen. Jim DeMint announced he was leaving the body to take up a leadership role at a conservative think tank.
Stavrinakis issued the following statement:
the past few days many friends, family members and constituents have reached out
to encourage me to seek the now vacant first district seat in the United States
Congress. I am humbled by the confidence and trust so many have shown in me. I
am also mindful of my duty to serve my community, state and country in the most
effective way possible.
much thought and careful consideration with my family, I have decided to remain
close to home with my wonderful wife and children. In addition, I am honored to
represent Charleston County in the South Carolina House of Representatives.
District 119 and Charleston are the best our state has to offer and I am honored
to continue working to keep it that way."