Charleston developer to run for Lt. Gov.

Pat McKinney (Chris Rourke/WCIV)

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP/WCIV) - A retired Charleston developer says he will seek the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor.

Sixty-three-year-old Pat McKinney announced Monday that he will seek the state's number two post and would work closely with Gov. Nikki Haley.

The Lowcountry businessman helped develop Kiawah Island and says it's time to give back to the state that's given him so much."I do believe I can bring a business perspective to state government that can help in the areas of economic development and being a strong advocate for our seniors," he said in an interview with ABC News 4 Monday.

Republican Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell of Charleston has not yet announced if he will seek election next year. McConnell became lieutenant governor last year after Lt. Gov. Ken Ard resigned and pleaded guilty to ethics violations.

The lieutenant governor's official duties include presiding over the South Carolina Senate and supervising the South Carolina office on aging.

State Rep. Bakari Sellers of Denmark has announced that he is seeking the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor next year.

Starting in 2018, the Governor and Lieutenant Governor can run on the same ticket.

McKinney said he hopes he can get a head start and foster a closer relationship between the two positions.

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