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Barney Giese files to run for retiring father's SC Senate seat

(Columbia-AP) Dec. 3, 2003 - The state prosecutor in Richland and Kershaw Counties has filed to run for the state Senate seat left open by his retiring father, Columbia Senator Warren Giese.

Barney Giese filed papers Tuesday with the Senate Ethics Committee that will allow him to begin raising money and open a campaign bank account.

The 47-year-old Giese will not have to give up his position, since his prosecutor's term doesn't end for two more years. He would have to resign if he is elected to the District 22 seat in northern Richland County.

Giese's 79-year-old father cited age as the reason he will not seek re-election next year. The Republican has held the seat for 18 years.

Columbia attorney Ken Wingate, an adviser to Governor Mark Sanford, is also seeking the GOP nomination. Columbia Representative Joel Lourie is the only Democrat to file for the seat so far.

On Wednesday, meanwhile, the South Carolina Department of Transportation is naming the intersection of Two Notch Road and Clemson Road the Warren K. Giese Interchange in honor of the Senator's nearly 20 years of service.

Warren Giese is chairman of the Senate Education Committee. He is also on the Corrections and Penology, Ethics, Finance and Medical Affairs Committed.

posted 7:57am by Chris Rees

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