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GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — An African-American pastor closely linked to President Donald Trump says he is running for U.S. House as a Republican in South Carolina.

Mark Burns released a video Friday saying he wants the seat left open as Republican U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy leaves Congress at the end of the year.

In the video , Burns touts his service on Trump’s Faith Advisory Council. It also shows his speech to the 2016 Republican Convention where he said under Trump “all lives matter” and the only colors that matter would be red, white and blue.

Burns has never held elective office.

The open seat in the conservative 4th District that includes Greenville and Spartanburg is expected to attract a large number of Republicans. Filing begins March 16.