A freshman Charleston legislator who had been facing a difficult reelection bid this fall announced Monday she will not run for a second term.
Instead State Rep. Mary Tinkler, D-Charleston, indicated she will run for Charleston County Treasurer.
“Serving the people of District 114 has been an incredible experience for me,” Tinkler said in a statement. “I now look forward to being in Charleston and serving this community in a different way.”
Tinker, a Charleston realtor, managed to win the heavily-Republican House District 114 in 2014 after the incumbent House Speaker Bobby Harrell pleaded guilty to corruption charges. Harrell’s guilty plea came too late to remove his name from the ballot, however, and his subsequent ineligibility for public office meant Tinkler ended up receiving the most votes to represent the conservative district.
But she faced a difficult reelection bid this year as Republicans organized to regain their old seat. Former Charleston County GOP Chair Lin Bennett has already announced a bid for House District 114.
Tinkler, who earned an MBA from Auburn University, said she wants to bring “fresh, new leadership” to the county treasurer’s office. Current Treasurer Andrew Smith is a Republican who has held the office since 1997.