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ELECTION 2014: Rep. Ted Vick will not seek reelection

02/21/2014 4:14 PM

02/21/2014 4:35 PM

Embattled state Rep. Ted Vick announced Friday he will not seek reelection in November.

"It’s time to spend more time and effort on my family. My twins will be 11 this year and they need me to be more focused on their needs and our time together," said Vick, 41. "My family and I have been talking for months about a new phase in our lives and we are looking forward to it."

The Chesterfield Democrat has been arrested twice for driving under the influence. His first DUI arrest, in Five Points in 2012, included a charge of unlawful carrying of a pistol. At the time, Vick was a leading candidate for the 7th Congressional District. He dropped out of the race after his arrest.

His second DUI arrest -- in the State House parking garage -- happened last year. Vick's attorney, fellow state Rep. Todd Rutherford, said Vick was not drunk but had a pebble in his shoe.

Vick has requested jury trials in both cases. Both are still pending.

Vick is the fourth House member to announce his retirement, joining Republican representatives B.R. Skelton of Pickens, Liston Barfield of Horry and Roland Smith of Aiken.

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