Transportation infrastructure remains a challenge to this area, primarily due to tourism traffic. This also leads to parking challenges on Isle of Palms and Sullivan’s Island that impact quality of life. In the S.C. House, I have and I will continue to work with local governments to help meet their infrastructure needs and I will also make sure the state pays its fair share.
Our area is filled with fishing fleets, wildlife, and outdoor enthusiasts. We only have one shot to get it right when it comes to preserving and protecting our environment. I led on the effort to protect our waterways through the creation of Shem Creek Park and I will take that proven conservation leadership to Columbia.
As a product of public education, I know how good it can be. That’s why I sent my children to public schools. It’s unacceptable that our state is last in education. It’s time to fully fund our schools. No longer should we demand more and more from teachers without compensating them fairly. ‘Minimally adequate’ will no longer be the standard for education in South Carolina. I also support limited school choice through education scholarship accounts, especially for low-income students and those with special needs. It will take several approaches to undo the problems that cause our state to be last in education.