Affidavit could lead to special election for Charleston House seat
Former S.C. House Speaker Bobby Harrell has submitted a sworn affidavit to the S.C. Election Commission saying he was withdrawing from the Nov. 4 election for “legitimate non-political reasons,” triggering a potential special election.
Harrell requested his name be removed as a candidate in the race for his Charleston House seat “on the legitimate non-political grounds of family crises and substantial business conflict.”
The Republican pleaded guilty last week to six charges of public corruption and resigned from office. As part of his plea deal, he agreed not to seek office for at least three years.
The Election Commission said Monday the District 114 race will stay on Nov. 4. Now, however, the commission is asking the state attorney general’s office for legal guidance on what to do next.
One possibility includes a special election, which would give the Republican Party a chance to have a candidate run for the seat.
Harrell was seeking re-election to his seat and facing two challengers – Democrat Mary Tinkler and Green Party candidate Sue Edward.
Tinkler has said it would not be fair if the GOP got a redo in the race.
Democratic Party chairman Jamie Harrison said last week his party would challenge any effort to move the election from Nov. 4.