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Locals react to former Gov. Sanford's announcement

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Former South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford announced today he will run for his old congressional seat in the First District of South Carolina.  

While serving as governor, Sanford gained national attention in 2009 after having an affair with woman in Argentina, whom he is now engaged to marry. 

Sanford's past has some people concerned about his credibility. 

"I wasn't entirely surprised; I think former Gov. Sanford clearly shows ambition. I think he'll have to worry about people questioning his character because of his past behavior," said Aiken resident Mary Claire Millies.

FOX54 was in downtown Aiken for local reactions to the announcement, when they ran into a former South Carolina House Representative Skipper Perry.

Perry was a member of the House from 1999-2008. Based on his experience while serving under Gov. Sanford's leadership, Perry does not believe things will be much different if Sanford is elected.  

"He's caused us about enough embarrassment than anyone I know of," said Perry.  

Perry told FOX54 he does not think Sanford has learned from his mistakes.

"He is still Mark Sanford," said Perry.  

Regardless, the decision will come down to votes. Even first time voters want a leader with good qualities.

"If they want to represent us, they should have good representation," said Aliyma McClean. "Somebody with a background like that, you never know what's going to happen."

This announcement comes after Representative Tim Scott resigned from the U.S. House of Representatives earlier this month. The primary election will be held in March.


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