Cleaning up Columbia!

Took me some time to personally read though every one of your surveys. Thank you for taking the time to share your opinions and advice with me!

The questions were simple and the results not surprising. Good to see I’m not alone in how I feel about problems we’ve been facing (recently and in years past) as well as issues that are important to our area.

Almost 93% prefer term limits for either House and Senate Chairmen or members. ( Primary sponsor 2009, 2010 , 2012 , 2014 , 2016 )

Even more (95%) believe “dark money” (from outside campaigns) should report their contributions and expenses. ( Primary sponsor 2008 )

More than 93% believe convicted elected officials should lose their benefits. ( Primary sponsor 2014 , 2015 , 2017 )

In the links above, you can see these are issues I believed were important in the past and, based on your overwhelming responses, I will continue to support until we can get legislation passed.

Besides that overwhelming agreement above from the community, the top 2 issues from survey responses were Education (listed as #1 on 32% of the responses) and Taxes (listed as #1 on 30% of the responses). Issues I’ve been working on since I was first elected.

Lastly, several people mentioned other concerns besides cleaning up Columbia….roads were mentioned many times (and I will continue to hold SCDOT accountable for how they spend our tax dollars) as well as many issues with Richland County: waste, zoning/development concerns, etc. Local issues like those are best served by our local councilmembers (Richland and Lexington) and, when state support or legislation is needed to be addressed, I’ve been there for those times.

I can’t thank everyone enough for their feedback. I’ve asked many times and each time you have provided me what I need to better serve our area and provided me the support I need to change the status quo in Columbia.

Didn’t get a survey? Have more advice? Feel free to contact me here and let me know what’s on your mind!

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