Bluffton attorney Tabor Vaux will seek the Beaufort County Council District 9 seat currently held by outgoing Chairman Weston Newton.
Vaux, the son of well-known Bluffton lawyer Roberts Vaux, said in a statement he is assembling a "committee of supporters." A Republican, he pledged to run a "vigorous campaign."
"By the special election, the voters of District 9 will have a fuller understanding of the relevant county issues, as well as an understanding of why I am the best candidate to both build on the successes of my predecessor and to provide the required leadership to engage the daunting challenges of the future," he said.
Newton announced last week he will resign his council seat Dec. 3, a day before he will be sworn in to the S.C. House of Representatives. Newton was unopposed on Nov. 6 for newly drawn District 120 seat.
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Vaux, 29, is the only candidate currently running for the District 9 seat, which includes Daufuskie Island and neighborhoods around Palmetto Bluff and Old Town Bluffton.
The filing period for the council seat opens Nov. 30 and closes 10 days later. Party primaries will be Jan. 29. The special election is scheduled for March 19.