Summerville Republican Tim Larkin announced Thursday he will enter the crowded South Carolina’s First District Congressional GOP race in a special primary to be held March 19.
Larkin intends to seek the seat left vacant by former Congressman Tim Scott’s recent appointment to the U.S. Senate.
Larkin, a veteran of the war in Afghanistan, is a decorated soldier and currently serves in the S.C. Army National Guard as a founding member of the South Carolina National Guard Computer Network Defense Team. He is also an Information Systems Security Engineer working for a Department of Defense contractor in North Charleston. He participates in numerous civic groups, including the Boy Scouts, the Freemasons (MacArthur Lodge 427), Scottish Rite, Omar Shrine, and is a volunteer for a local domestic abuse shelter.
“I’m just like all of the other hardworking people who live in the First District,” Larkin said. “I live, work, and volunteer in my community. I am frustrated with ‘business as usual’ and disappointed that our government is having so much difficulty working together. Congressman Scott did an outstanding job for our district, and I want to continue his momentum of positive growth for South Carolina.”
Larkin said his goals for the first district during the shortened term would include working closely with local business leaders to continue to bring about economic recovery, and listening closely to constituents to gather their ideas for government reform.
Larkin will have a campaign kickoff event 6:30 p.m. Jan. 30 at The Wreckfish in North Charleston.