State Representative Ted Vick of Chesterfield on Friday announced his withdrawal from the race for the newly-formed South Carolina 7th Congressional seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Vick will, however, continue his campaign to be reelected to the state House.
His withdrawal comes on the heels of his arrest on charges of speeding, DUI and unlawful possession of a firearm.
“After spending time with my family, my pastor and my friends, I have decided to end my campaign for the United States Congress,” Vick said in a statement May 25.
“While I have full confidence that the legal system will clear much of this up, it will not change the fact that I made some serious mistakes that I alone am responsible for. I realize that I have caused pain to those who love and support me and it’s my responsibility to make this right,” said Vick, a Democrat.
“Now is the time to allow the legal system to work, time for me to concentrate on my family and time for me to focus on the needs of my State House constituents.
“I look forward to spending more time at home with my family and constituents. I will humbly seek re-election to the State House in November. If re-elected I will continue to work across party aisles to seek consensus and progress,” Vick concluded his statement.
Vick was running for Congress at the same time he is seeking re-election to the S.C. House District 53 seat, for the fifth time.
Vick, 39, Chesterfield County’s representative in the state House, was arrested during the early morning hours of May 24 in downtown Columbia after he refused to take a breathalyzer test, according to police. He was initially stopped for speeding, but his refusal to take the test for alcohol levels placed him in custody for suspicion of driving under the influence, police said.
Police said they found Vick in possession of a handgun, and discovered that his concealed weapons permit had expired. According to Richland County jail records, he was given a personal recognizance bond on the DUI and speeding charges.