I have had the honor of representing constituents of House District 66 for almost seventeen years in the South Carolina General Assembly. The responsibility that comes with that representation has been both challenging and rewarding. A lot has been accomplished by focusing on areas to improve the quality of life for residents of the District.
Through my leadership a $750 million bond initiative was passed to build new schools; a State Children’s’ Health Insurance Program (CHIPS) to provide health coverage to thousands of South Carolina’s neediest children was established and the Lake Marion Water Agency was developed and funded. The Kidney Task Force; insurance coverage for colon cancer screenings; a breast cancer license tag; and a focus on eliminating health disparities were all part of a successful legislative agenda I pursued.
The first ever monument on the grounds of a state capitol dedicated to the history of African-Americans and South Carolina’s Community Development Corporation (CDC) legislation resulted from my leadership. Working together, we were even able to elect more African American judges, including Justice Don W. Beatty, the second African American to sit on the South Carolina Supreme Court since Reconstruction.
South Carolina is now at a critical point. Out-of-state special interest groups are spending thousands of dollars attacking our public schools, and if successful will change the future for a lot of South Carolina’s children. The potential to decrease funding for health care and shifting much needed resources away from rural communities is a real
and constant threat.
I am always targeted because I am not afraid to speak out and stand for what I think is right. It is imperative that House District 66 have a principled, proven leader in Columbia to represent your interests and ensure that your voice is heard. That’s why I am running for reelection to the House. To be successful, I need your prayers and support. I hope I can count on you.