Tinkler to keep District 114 seat as challenge ends

Tinkler to keep District 114 seat as challenge ends

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - It's been four weeks since democrat Mary Tinkler won in the election, but as of Tuesday, the District 114 seat is officially hers to keep.

Tinkler says both the republican and democratic parties agreed to dismiss the case that kept the fate of the seat up in the air.

Last month, former District 114 representative Bobby Harrell withdrew his name from the ballot just before the election.

Harrell stepped down after pleading guilty to using campaign funds for personal use, leaving the seat vacant and without a republican nominee in the election.

Republicans had asked for a special election, as well as time for them to get a new candidate. But the race went on as planned, with Tinker winning.

Both parties were supposed to make their case in front of the State Supreme Court next week, but today's joint motion to dismiss the case means Tinkler will remain in office.

Tinker says she spent Tuesday at the legislature's organizing session, and she is excited to represent her district.

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