A Florence attorney active in regional politics has won a special GOP primary for an open seat in the South Carolina House of Representatives.
Jay Jordan’s 55 percent of the roughly 3,520 votes cast was enough to avoid a runoff against Florence City Councilman Robby Hill and Timmonsville property manager Elijah Jones. Since there is no Democratic candidate in the race, Jordan will almost certainly take the seat in April.
He will replace former State Rep. Kris Crawford, R-Florence, who resigned in December shortly after his reelection. Crawford said his time in the House was “disruptive” to his career as an emergency room doctor and for his family.
While Jordan has never held elective office before, he is hardly a newcomer to politics. He unsuccessfully ran for a new seat in Congress three years ago, finishing third in the GOP primary with roughly 21 percent of the vote. Then-Horry County Council chairman Tom Rice would end up winning the nomination and eventually the seat in the U.S. House.
Jordan serves on the Florence City Planning Commission and is the former chairman of the Florence County Election Commission and Voter Registration Board.
Hill received 30 percent of the vote while Jones picked up just 10 percent.