CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Nearly a dozen people are seeking to replace a former South Carolina state senator who resigned just over a month ago amid ethics allegations.
Billy Shuman is the only GOP candidate to file for state Sen. Robert Ford's seat.
Seven Democrats are running, including Emmanuel Ferguson, Margaret Rush, Herbert Fielding, Maurice Washington, John Edwards, Robert Thompson and Marlon Kimpson.
The Democratic primary is being held Aug. 13. If necessary, a primary runoff would be two weeks later. The special election will be Oct. 1.
Two Libertarian candidates are filing, with the candidate being picked at party's Aug. 10 convention.
Ford resigned in May. Colleagues found after his resignation that the Democratic senator committed multiple violations of state ethics law and referred his case to the attorney general's office for further investigation.
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