Another Republican is joining the race for the S.C. House District 84 seat, which is vacant following the death of state Rep. Ronnie Young, R-Clearwater.
Sean Pumphrey, an Aiken native and U.S. Army veteran, on Monday afternoon told the Aiken Standard he was seeking the seat. He filed later that day, flanked by his family, at the Aiken County Government Center.
"So after careful consideration, prayer, and the encouragement from my wife, Kelly, the kids, friends and community leaders, I have officially decided to get in this race and pursue election," Pumphrey said after submitting his official paperwork.
Pumphrey – an area politico often seen at community forums, Aiken Republican Club monthly luncheons and City Council meetings – is the chairman of the S.C. Young Republicans.
The candidate-filing period for the special election for the vacant S.C House District 84 se…
He said government and related activism are things he's "always been passionate about." Working alongside Young and learning from the state representative was an "honor," Pumphrey continued.
"He left some big shoes to fill," Pumphrey said, speaking of Young. "He meant the world to a lot of people in this community."
The Republican field for S.C. House District 84 is now three people deep: Pumphrey, Cody Anderson and Danny Feagin.
Anderson owns George Funeral Home in Aiken. Feagin is an Aiken County Council member.
Asked what sets him apart and makes him the best candidate, Pumphrey said: "This isn't about me, it's about the people of 84. Go back to my military service, as well as being an activist; I know a thing or two about service and doing what it takes."
House District 84 is entirely in Aiken County. It's a vertical swath that stretches between Aiken and North Augusta and goes south beyond Jackson.
The filing period for the Oct. 1 special election opened at noon June 7 and will close at noon June 15.
The primary election is scheduled for July 30. A primary runoff is set for Aug. 13.