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      Stavrinakis not going after District 1 seat

      CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- Democratic state Rep. Leon Stavrinakis said on Wednesday that he would not seek the U.S. House seat left open by Tim Scott.{}

      Scott was recently appointed to the Senate by Gov. Nikki Haley after Sen. Jim DeMint announced he was leaving the body to take up a leadership role at a conservative think tank.{}

      Stavrinakis issued the following statement:

      "Over the past few days many friends, family members and constituents have reached out to encourage me to seek the now vacant first district seat in the United States Congress. I am humbled by the confidence and trust so many have shown in me. I am also mindful of my duty to serve my community, state and country in the most effective way possible.

      After much thought and careful consideration with my family, I have decided to remain close to home with my wonderful wife and children. In addition, I am honored to represent Charleston County in the South Carolina House of Representatives. District 119 and Charleston are the best our state has to offer and I am honored to continue working to keep it that way."{}

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