A former state senator who retired three years ago moved one step closer to winning his seat back Tuesday.
After former senator Greg Gregory stepped down from a 16-year career in 2008, Mick Mulvaney won the ensuing election. However, when Mulvaney won a spot in Congress last November, it left the legislative seat open again.
On Tuesday, Gregory won the District 16 primary to succeed Mulvaney. He told Rock Hill affiliate WRHI that he’s glad to take a break from the hectic campaigning, which began only two months ago.
District 16 represents most of Lancaster County and the upper parts of York County. Gregory, who owns a construction supply company, easily dispatched four opponents by taking 57 percent of the vote. Lancaster School Board member Brian Carnes was runner-up with 14 percent, followed by York County Councilman Mike Short with 13 percent.
Gregory won by only 50 votes in Short’s home of York County, but made up for it by dominating the vote in Lancaster County. Gregory said that had been his strategy.
Tea Party activist Rob McCoy and therapist Wendy Pretzel also ran for the seat.
Gregory now faces Democrat Keith Brann and Libertarian Stan Smith for the special election in April.