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Posted at 2:48 p.m.; updated 4:31 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011
Greg Gregory hopes to return to the state Senate.
Gregory, a Republican who represented District 16 from 1992 to 2007, announced today that he would be a candidate for the post, vacated by Mick Mulvaney last month. Mulvaney, an Indian Land businessman, resigned from the Senate following his election to 5th District seat in Congress.
Mulvaney is being sworn into office today.
Gregory made his announcement at a joint press conference with Lancaster pharmacist Hugh Mobley. Mobley was the first candidate to announce his candidacy for the seat following Mulvaney's election to Congress.
But on Wednesday, Mobley, also a Republican, announced that he is withdrawing from the race.
He said recent complications from diabetes led him to back out. He has had type 1 diabetes for 10 years.
“The time commitment caused me to lose control of my situation,” Mobley said about managing the disease. “And that situation was key to maintaining normalcy.”
Mobley said he asked Gregory on Sunday if he would run in his place. Gregory said yes that same day.
“We all share in the disappointment in Hugh not being able to carry this race to finality,” Gregory said. “I knew he'd be an excellent senator.”
The open District 16 seat has generated great interest, with nearly 10 people saying they would seek the post. Most of the candidates are from the Indian Land and Fort Mill areas.
About two years remain in Mulvaney's unexpired term.
Gregory, who operates a business in Lancaster, did not seek re-election in 2008 and backed Mulvaney's candidacy.
Now Gregory finds himself again as a candidate, and he feels good about his chances of winning.
“I understand what people in this county are facing,” he said. “I feel my experience in office can be an asset to economic development.”
Senate District 16 encompasses a large portion of Lancaster County, most of the Fort Mill township and other parts of eastern York County.
Candidate filing for the District 16 seat closes at noon Monday.
Primaries will be held Feb. 22, and the special election will be April 12.
Look for a more detailed story in Friday's issue of The Lancaster News.