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Filing dates set in special election to fill Senate seat

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By Chris Sardelli

Important dates have been announced for the process to fill the District 16 state Senate seat, which has been vacated by Mick Mulvaney.
Mulvaney, an Indian Land Republican who recently won election to the U.S. House, submitted his letter of resignation Friday.
Filing for the state Senate seat will begin at noon Dec. 31 and close at noon Jan. 10, said Garry Baum, a spokesman for the S.C. Election Commission.
If two or more people file in one party, a primary will be held Feb. 22. The election will be April 12.
District 16 covers most of Lancaster County and a portion of eastern York County.
Dates for the election couldn’t be determined until Mulvaney resigned from the seat, which he won in 2008.
Mulvaney said he had to wait until election results from the 5th District U.S. House race were certified before he could resign.
Mulvaney defeated longtime U.S. Rep. John Spratt, a Democrat from York, for the House seat in November’s general election. Spratt has served the 5th District since 1983.
Who will run?
Lancaster businessman Hugh Mobley has already begun campaigning for the District 16 seat. He announced his intentions to run last month.
Indian Land businessman and former local school board member Brian Carnes recently said that he’s considering a bid, though no formal announcement has been made.
No one else has announced plans to run.
Mary Ann Hudson of the Lancaster County Election Commission said candidates must file with their home county’s political party.
Lancaster County Democrats have to file with the Lancaster County Democratic Party and Republicans with the Lancaster County Republican Party.
To file, county resident should call either Gil Small of the Democratic Party at (803) 285-5891 or Winston Smith of the Republican Party at (803) 283-7580.
For details, you can also call the S.C. Election Commission at (803) 734-9060.  

Contact reporter Jesef Williams at jwilliams@thelancasternews.com or (803) 283-1152