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Bakari Sellers forms committee for lt. gov. run


State Rep. Bakari Sellers has announced his intention to seek the lieutenant governor's office in 2014.

Making his announcement via press release on Thursday, Sellers says he has become disappointed with the legislature's accomplishments over the past few years with lack of movement on government restructuring, infrastructure spending, and help for the unemployed.

"We can do better, and we must do better," said Sellers, a Bamberg County Democrat, in the statement.

Sellers also announced the formation of an exploratory committee to help him determine if a "successful run is feasible."

Members of that committee include Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin, Florence Mayor Stephen Wukela, and ex-gubernatorial candidate Mullins McLeod just to name a few.

Sellers made headlines earlier this year when news of an October DUI arrest surfaced. Authorities say he failed three field sobriety tests during a traffic stop. Sellers would eventually plea to a lesser charge.

Sellers could face current Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell, who has opted to seek re-election.

However, McConnell could see a Republican primary challenge from Orangeburg attorney and US Army Reserve Lt. Col. Bill Connor, who told the Orangeburg Times and Democrat earlier this year that he was "strongly considering" entering the race.

Connor previously ran for lieutenant governor in 2010.

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