Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Lt. Governor Glenn McConnell won't seek re-election to his post, and will instead try to become the president of the College of Charleston.
McConnell announced his decision Monday morning in a statement.
McConnell said he's spent the last month deciding whether he would seek another term in office or try for this new position. He ultimately said he decided trying to seek both jobs wouldn't be honorable.
"It would not be fair to good candidates who may want to seek this office," McConnell said. "Most of all, it would not be fair to the voters of South Carolina to ask them to support me for Lt. Governor if there is even a chance I might not remain in the campaign."
McConnell said he'll formally seek the College of Charleston job in the coming days.
"The most compelling reason I have chosen this course is because of my love for the College of Charleston and my belief that I can be of service to her in facing the complex challenges and capturing the opportunities the future holds," McConnell said.
He's served as lieutenant governor since March of last year, when Ken Ard resigned the position. Prior to that, McConnell has been the Senate pro tem from 2001 to 2012. He'd been a senator since 1981.