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Thurmond to run for Lt. Gov. McConnell's vacant Senate seat

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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -

Former Charleston County Councilman Paul Thurmond will run for Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell's vacant Senate seat.

Thurmond will run for District 41's South Carolina Senate seat, which represents portions of Charleston and Dorchester counties.

"While on Charleston County Council, I convinced democrats to cut taxes and I led the fight to cut local government spending by more than $19 million," Thurmond said. "While we continue to see increases in spending levels out of Columbia, we must find ways of cutting the budget while properly funding education, law enforcement and other core functions of government. We must make it easier and less burdensome at the state and local levels so businesses across our state can once again prosper."

Thurmond started began his career as an assistant solicitor in the Ninth Judicial Circuit. In 2006, he was elected to Charleston County Council. He later served as vice chair. Thurmond is currently a part-time prosecutor for the city of North Charleston and has served on the Aviation Authority, Council of Governments and CARTA.

"I want to thank Senator McConnell for his leadership and service to the citizens of our state. If elected, I look forward to working with him and supporting him in his new role as Lt. Governor," said Thurmond.

The 36-year-old is a native of Aiken,

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