Local Election

Rock Hill’s John King drops out of congressional race

S.C. Rep. John King.
S.C. Rep. John King.

S.C. Rep. John King, D-Rock Hill, has dropped out of the Democratic primary for the Fifth Congressional District.

“After much consideration, I felt it was more important to focus my time on my re-election campaign for State House, and more importantly on serving the constituents of our growing district,” King said.

King filed for Congress on the last day of filing March 30, after he also filed to run unopposed for a fifth term for his York County seat in the S.C. House.

King’s decision leaves Fran Person of Tega Cay as the only Democrat running for the seat currently held by Indian Land Republican Mick Mulvaney. Person is a former University of South Carolina football player who previously worked as an aide to Vice President Joe Biden.

Mulvaney also faces a challenge in the June 14 GOP primary from Lake Wylie non-profit fundraiser Ray Craig. Two candidates for the American Party have also filed for the congressional seat, Larry Gaither of Winnsboro and Rudy Barnes of Little Mountain.

In the state House, King currently serves on the education, public works, and ethics committees, and is chairman-elect of the South Carolina Legislative Black Caucus.

Bristow Marchant: 803-329-4062, @BristowatHome