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Young college student from South Carolina, involved in Jan. 6 riots, to run for SC House seat

South Carolina – Elias Irizarry, a young college student from South Carolina, has decided to run for South Carolina House seat in what appears to be a surprising move for many. Irizarry was involved in the Capitol riot on January 6 and spent time in jail less than a year ago.

The 22-year-old from York County and student at The Citadel will be running against the current Republican representative for the South Carolina House of Representatives. Due to his involvement in the events on January 6, 2021, when a group trying to challenge the results of the 2020 presidential election stormed the U.S. Capitol, Irizarry’s name became known in South Carolina.

Irizarry is one of 25 people from South Carolina who are being charged for taking part in the chaos in Washington, D.C. that took place on January 6. The Citadel student was sentenced on March 15, 2023, by a federal judge to 14 days in jail after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge of entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds. In addition to his jail time, which he completed by May 26, 2023, Irizarry was also ordered to pay $500 in restitution.

Irizarry is now starting a new journey. He is running for the Republican nomination for the House District 43 seat that has been held by Randy Ligon since 2018. The primary election for this seat will take place on June 11. This district spans across parts of York and Chester counties.

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Irizarry, who attended Nation Ford High School in Fort Mill, submitted his candidacy for running for office at a Rock Hill post office box. Despite several attempts to get in touch with him, Irizarry hasn’t commented on his political aspirations.



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