Allen Olson of Irmo, one-time leader of the Columbia Tea Party, has given up plans to seek a post on Lexington County Council.
Personal and business demands made the race impractical, he said.
Olson promises to be active in civic groups, saying "I believe I can give back more that way instead of being a politician."
He was among several candidates testing his chances for the seat of retiring Councilman Brad Matthews in the Irmo-St. Andrews area.
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