Elliott Summey opts out of race for Congressional seat

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Charleston County Council Vice-Chairman Elliott Summey is bowing out of the race for the First Congressional District seat that was recently vacated by Congressman Tim Scott.

Summey cited it being the best decision for his family and his continued responsibilities here in the Lowcountry for the exit.

"We decided that this is not the best time for us to embark on this endeavor," said Summey in a press release.  "I have a passion for public service, and know that I have the right experience to help this state and this nation during these difficult times.  But right now, it's best for me and my family to continue with these efforts locally, here in the Lowcountry and in South Carolina."

Even though the Vice-Chairman is out of the race it doesn't mean he won't be paying it close attention.

"I am going to be watching the race closely over the days and weeks to come," said Summey.  "I plan to be active in this process because I don't think that any of us can afford to stand quietly by anymore as the nation we love falls apart.  We have to send the best person for the job to D.C."

Governor Nikki Haley ordered a special election to fill Tim Scott's congressional seat.

Scott officially resigned from his 1st District seat, effective date of January 2, to replace Sen. Jim DeMint in the U.S. Senate.

Party primaries for the 1st District seat will be March 19. Any necessary runoffs would be April 2. The general election will be May 7.

Candidates must file between Jan. 18 and Jan. 28.

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