Elliott Summey announces he won't run for Congress


MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCIV) -- The list of people who may be in the running for Senator Tim Scott's open seat in Congress has dwindled.

Republican Elliott Summey announced late Thursday that he will not seek election to the First Congressional District seat being vacated by Congressman Scott.

"Over the holidays I talked extensively with my family, and we decided that this is not the best time for us to embark on this endeavor," Summey said in a statement. "I have a passion for public service, and know that I have the right experience to help this state and this nation during these difficult times. But right now, it's best for me and my family to continue with these efforts locally and across South Carolina," Summey said.

Summey thanked his many friends and supporters who urged him to run, and assured them he would be hard at work for them in the years ahead. In speaking with voters and donors from across the district, Summey said he heard a lot about the need to send someone to Washington who will bring a healthy dose of "common sense" to a Congress.

"I am going to be watching the race closely over the days and weeks to come," Summey said. "I will be looking for a candidate that I believe most closely reflects my own beliefs in fiscal conservatism and doing the right thing regardless of political expediency. I plan to be active in this process because I don't think that any of us can afford to stand quietly by anymore as the nation we love falls apart. We have to send the best person for the job to DC."

Summey, who had formed an exploratory committee regarding a possible campaign, is currently the Vice-Chairman of Charleston County Council.

State Senator Paul Thurmond recently announced he would also bow out of the running. Thurmond lost in a runoff to Tim Scott during the Republican Primary in 2010.

Republican S.C. Representative Wendell Gilliard and S.C. Republican Rep. Chip Limehouse have expressed interest in running for the open Congressional seat. Lowcountry high school teacher Teddy Turner, IV along with local attorney Larry Kobrovsky have also shown interest.