Tomorrow (Tuesday, June 12th), is the primary in South Carolina. Just incase you are living under a rock, this year we will be voting for the democratic and republican opponents for statewide and some county elections. In South Carolina, we have open primaries, so when you go into the polling location you will be asked if you would like to vote in the democratic or the republican primary. This does not mean you have to vote for democrats or republicans in November, it is only about the primary and runoffs. Each election also has two advisory questions at the bottom. These are not laws and are only to advise elected officials in the future. Each party has different questions.
So, like I do for every election, here are my endorsements, I’ll keep the reasons why very short.
For the Republican primary:
Governor: John Warren.
Why? I was able to meet and listen to every Republican candidate thanks to the Greenville Chamber of Commerce. I believe John is the best candidate because we need someone who will look at things from a different point of view. Someone educated who understand how politics works, but not so in the system that they owe favors to everyone. Someone who can balance a budget. Initially I liked his opponent, Ms Templeton, but have been turned off by her negative attack ads, which have largely been proven false.
Secretary of State: Josh Putnam.
Why? I know Josh. While Josh and I disagree on a lot, Josh is a great guy. He listens to those around him for advice and is able to communicate why he votes the way he does on any issue.
Attorney General: William Herlong.
Why? Because he isn’t Wilson or Atwater.
U.S. House 4: Dan Hamilton.
Why? There aren’t enough candidates. Just kidding, I count thirteen on the sample ballot. I also know Dan, he is a great guy, he knows what he believes in, but is willing to talk to constituents and hear them out. Dan also knows how to balance a budget, knows how to work across party lines, and isn’t just looking to climb up a ladder to the next position.
SC House 22: Jason Elliott.
Why? Jason is, in my opinion, one the best legislators in Columbia. Do I agree with him on all issues? No. In fact, a lot of his votes have bothered me, but at the end of the day, he shows up for work, he is fair, and he knows how to get things done. The previous legislator to have that seat refused to return calls or emails, and refused to hear her constituents. Jason is leaps and bounds better than that.
Advisory question 1: Yes.
Why? I believe SC should have a system similar to NC. In NC, you register as Democrat, Republican, or Independent. If you are registered with a party, you can only vote in that primary. If you are Independent, you are asked which primary you would like to vote in, like the SC system today.
Advisory question 2: No.
Why? I believe the Trump tax cuts have helped big business while hurting everyday individuals and the under privileged.
Now the Democratic primary:
Governor: James Smith
Why? I have met and know Phil Noble. I was able to hear Marguerite in the debate that James Smith did not attend. I know James Smith’s Lt Governor pick. This decision really did come down to his running mate. Why? I was already leaning towards Smith from the outset, in fact, I was sure of Smith. Then he started to disappoint me. I’ll admit that I had written a check for the max amount allowed to Smith but could never reach him. You don’t just mail a check like that or do it on the website without having some communication with the candidate. It also greatly disappointed me that Smith choose not to attend the Chamber debate. So, for no reason other than I love and adore Mandy, I would vote for James. Marguerite would be a close second choice.
U.S. House 4: Eric Graben.
Why? I have known Eric for ten years now. I believe he is the best candidate of the those I have met. I believe he would be the only chance Democrats have to win the seat in November.
Advisory question 1: Yes.
Why? Why not? The drugs we are giving people current kill people at huge rates, where as medical marijuana may actually help people with pain and it’s much safer.
Advisory question 2: Yes.
Why? It’s our tax money, give it back to us.
If you would like a little further details on any of these decisions just yell. Don’t forget to vote tomorrow too, even if it’s for none of these candidates listed above. Just vote!! You can also go to SCVotes.org to find your exact polling place.