Former mayor opts out of solicitor's election

Bobby Kinard

Former North Charleston Mayor Bobby Kinard has opted against running for local solicitor, leaving Charleston and Berkeley Democrats without a candidate for now.

Kinard said he decided Wednesday that he would not file papers to run for 9th Circuit solicitor. He said he did not want to leave the burden of running a law practice on his wife. They are both attorneys and run a firm in Mount Pleasant.

"I changed my mind and I'm not going to run," he said. "It turned out to be a situation where I just can't do it."

Kinard also said he wants to spend time with his 14-year-old daughter. "I had forgotten about why I had gotten out of politics," he said.

Kinard served as mayor of North Charleston from the summer of 1991 until April 1994, when he resigned after his very public feuds with some members of City Council soured beyond repair. Local Democrats had considered Kinard their candidate up to now, though he hadn't done much active campaigning.

Former Charleston County Democratic Party Chairman Waring Howe Jr. said Kinard told him of his plans Wednesday. The party still might have a candidate for solicitor, Howe said, adding that as many as three names are being considered. The deadline to file is Sunday.

So far the only announced candidates for solicitor are Republicans: current Solicitor Scarlett Wilson and former Berkeley County Deputy Solicitor Blair Jennings.

Both party primaries are June 10.

Reach Schuyler Kropf at or 937-5551.