At least seven S.C. House lawmakers – five Republicans and two Democrats – may not seek re-election in 2014, sending Republican and Democratic leaders searching for their replacements.
Instead of seeking re-election, most of those House members are considering races for higher office, largely focusing on two races — for superintendent of education and lieutenant governor.
State Reps. Mike Anthony and Bakari Sellers, both Democrats, have said they will run for state superintendent of education and lieutenant governor, respectively.
Sellers’ seat is in heavily Democratic Bamberg County. But Anthony’s Union County district is in Republican territory and figures to be hotly contested. Former state Rep. David Tribble, who was drawn out of his House district during the 2010 redistricting, says he will run for Anthony’s seat as a Republican.