CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - State representative Leon Stavrinakis announced Wednesday he would not look to fill the first congressional seat left vacant by senator-to-be Tim Scott.
Stavrinakis, a Democrat and representative of District 119, said,"Over 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."
"After 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."
A crowd of candidates have already announced their intent to run for Scott's seat.
Former State Senator John Kuhn announced his candidacy earlier this week. He represented parts of Charleston and Berkeley counties from 2001 to 2004.
Sullivan's Island businessman Keith Blandford's name is also in the mix, as are state representatives Peter McCoy and Chip Limehouse.
Senator Larry Grooms, Carroll Campbell III, and Teddy Turner, son of media mogul Ted Turner, are also candidates.
Newly-elected State Senator Paul Thurmond and a Summerville man, Bob Menges, round out the list.
Scott will be sworn into office on Jan. 3.