Rep. Kenneth Hodges, pastor of Tabernacle Baptist Church joins race to replace Pinckney’s seat

A Beaufort pastor and friend and colleague of state Sen. Clementa Pinckney will run for the slain lawmaker’s vacant seat.
State Rep. Kenneth Hodges, a Democrat and pastor of Tabernacle Baptist Church, announced his candidacy for the special election to fill the District 45 seat at a gathering at his Colleton County home Saturday.
Pinckney held the District 45 seat before he was murdered along with eight others at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston on June 17.
“After his death, it was laid on my heart: I would have to get into the race,” Hodges said, a video of the announcement later posted on YouTube.

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