"I am running for State House because I want to make a difference in the lives of people in the Third District of Pickens County. I have lived in this community since 2001 and call it home. I have been blessed to live here, and now it is time for me to give back. I want to go to Columbia to ensure that the people of this great community are represented."
I will continue to support recent efforts by the South Carolina Legislature to modernize our education system and to provide for appropriate wages for teachers and support personnel. Necessary steps must be taken to stem the tide whereby college students are not attracted to the teaching profession. I also believe that mental health professionals should be placed in each school to serve as an additional resource for both the students and school personnel. I will work to build on recent actions by the Legislature and strive to find additional measures that can be taken to make South Carolina’s education a model for all.
Roads and Bridges
In 2017, the South Carolina Legislature approved a gas tax increase of two cents per year for six years to address the issue of long-term deficient roads. It will take time to address years of inactivity and neglect, but it is important that the additional tax revenue be prioritized to ensure that those road and bridges with the greatest needs will be addressed as quickly as possible to provide for the driving public’s safety and welfare. I will work to help identify those projects and advocate for needed repairs in Pickens County.
It is the right of every citizen to demand that elected officials act in an ethical transparent manner in conducting the business of South Carolina. It is also the duty of every elected official to adequately represent the interest of their constituency and to keep them informed of any activity or proposed legislation that may impact them. I will be diligent in asking for opinions and relaying information to the citizens of Pickens County.
Clean Drinking Water
For several years, problems associated with drinking water for communities served by small utilities in much of South Carolina have increased. Problems have been detected with crumbling pipelines and the inability by some small municipalities to keep toxins and bacteria out of the water. The Rural Infrastructure Authority was created in 2010 to approve loans for water and sewer projects in South Carolina. This was a positive step for the state of South Carolina, but this problem will continue to increase as more demands are placed on our water systems as our population continues to grow and the systems being utilized to provide for safe, potable water continue to deteriorate.
Pickens County has under performed in recent years in attracting new industry and accompanying jobs to the area. While neighboring counties have regularly announced new or expanding industrial sites, Pickens County has lagged.