Skelton not going to seek reelection

COLUMBIA — State Rep. B.R. Skelton announced Tuesday that he would not seek reelection this November.

Skelton, who turned 81 on Tuesday, told his colleagues on the House floor that he was honored to represent the people of District 3, which includes the Six Mile and Clemson areas.

“It is time to turn the page — time for a new chapter in representation of District 3,” said Skelton, a professor emeritus of economics at Clemson University. “A new, fresh face can make a difference. I’m confident that there are able folks who want to be engaged.”

In 2012, Skelton lost a primary election to challenger Ed Harris, but after a legal battle, the election’s results were thrown out due to a state Supreme Court decision. Harris eventually appeared on the November ballot as a write-in candidate, but Skelton won reelection.

Skelton began his public service career in the 1970s on Clemson City Council and has served on various boards and commissions.