Another state legislator threw his hat into the ring for the new Seventh Congressional District that will be created next year. He is also the highest-profile Democrat in the race so far.
Rep. Ted Vick (D-Chesterfield) announced Friday his intent to run for Congress. Vick released a short statement about his plans to file a Statement of Candidacy with the Federal Election Commission on Monday. He would be up for re-election for his legislative seat in 2012.
The Citadel graduate is a developer who serves as President of V & B Properties. He is also a Lieutenant Colonel in the SC Army National Guard.
He plans a campaign kickoff event for early 2012. The Seventh District was cleared by the Justice Department on Monday, but Democratic Party Chairman Dick Harpootlian plans to file a lawsuit against it. Horry County attorneys Preston Brittain and Parnell Diggs have also said they will enter the race. On the Republican side, former Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer, State Rep. Thad Viers (R-Horry), Florence attorney Jay Jordan, and conservative activist Mande Wilkes are also running.
“Everything in the United States has become political. Everything is ‘us’ versus ‘them’,” Vick said in the release, “Folks in Washington and in Columbia seem to be more concerned with scoring political points than doing the important work of governing, I believe that the people of South Carolina deserve better. I am committed to pushing common-sense solutions that get results for the people of the Seventh District.”
In the General Assembly, Vick is chairman of the House Interstate Cooperation Committee. In his six years in Columbia, he has focused largely on agricultural and natural resource issues. He has been one of the loudest opponents of Act 388, saying he made a mistake in voting for it in 2006.
Vick calls himself a “pro-life Baptist” and strongly supports gun rights. After an Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot in January, he sponsored an unsuccessful bill that would have allowed lawmakers with concealed weapons permits to carry a handgun inside of the Statehouse.