Mulvaney to resign today from S.C. Senate

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Resignation will set the stage for a special election in District 16

By Jesef Williams

Mick Mulvaney said he will resign from his District 16 seat in the state Senate today.
Mulvaney said Thursday that his election as the 5th District U.S. House representative was certified this week, and now he can resign from his state Senate seat. He said he plans to submit his resignation letter today.
Mulvaney, a Republican from Indian Land, defeated incumbent John Spratt, a Democrat from York, in the November election to win the congressional seat. Spratt had held the seat since 1983.
Mulvaney will take his seat in Congress on Jan. 5.
He had said his election to the 5th District seat had to be certified by a clerk with the U.S. House of Representatives before he could step down from the state Senate.
Mulvaney held the state Senate seat for two years. He served one two-year term in the state House before he was elected to the Senate.
Lancaster pharmacist Hugh Mobley announced shortly after Mulvaney’s election to Congress that he would seek the District 16 Senate seat after Mulvaney vacated it. He will be running as a Republican.
Brian Carnes, a former school board member and Indian Land businessman, has said he is considering a run for the seat. He would run as a Republican if he seeks the seat.
No Democrat has announced plans to run for the seat.
Candidate filing for the District 16 seat will open at noon on the third Friday following Mulvaney’s resignation. The filing period will last for 10 days, closing at noon on the 10th day.
If more than one person runs in each party, there will have to be a primary, which will take place on the 11th Tuesday following his resignation. If a runoff is needed after the primary, that will occur on the 13th Tuesday after his resignation.
The special election will take place on the 18th Tuesday following his resignation.
The winner of the election will complete the time remaining in the term before facing re-election in 2012.

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