UNION COUNTY — A Buffalo resident who wants to apply Christian values to political decisions says he is seeking the Republican nomination for the S.C. House District 42 seat.
Mark Cathcart announced his candidacy Friday, saying that he decided to run “after a long time of prayer and urging of family and friends.” He said he is running because “it’s time for Christian men and women to seek positions like this to make a difference.”
Cathcart, who is making his first run for public office, said he is concerned about the erosion of constitutional government and the increasing absence of Christian values in government. He said he wants to change that and work with those who are already in government who share his concerns about freedom and its moral and spiritual underpinnings.
“I feel like our freedoms are being taken away,” Cathcart said. “Someone’s got to stand in the gap, someone’s got to stand in a godly fashion.
“My slogan is ‘Christian values applied to political decisions,’” Cathcart said. “There are good men and women serving now and they need as much help as possible.”
Cathcart said the erosion of constitutional government and its moral and spiritual foundation has resulted in big government that continues to take away the freedoms the American people have traditionally enjoyed even as it takes more and more of their money through increased taxation.
“I believe in pro-life, traditional marriage, and the Constitution,” Cathcart said. “I’m against more laws, bigger government, and more taxes.
“When you have more government, you have less freedom,” he said. “When you have more laws, you have less liberty. When you have more taxes, you have less money.”
Cathcart, a farmer, said his experiences running a farm have helped him understand how, when, and on what money should be spent, an understanding he wants to take with him to Columbia.
“Money is not the governmental problem,” Cathcart said. “With an agricultural background I understand that when you don’t have the money you don’t spend it. When you do have the money you spend it on what you need, not necessarily what you want.”
Cathcart said that if elected he will work to become a statesman rather than just a politician.
“I’m not a politician, but I do aspire to be a statesman,” Cathcart said. “A politician gets in office and votes for the betterment of himself and his party. A statesman votes for the betterment of his community, his state, and his country regardless of the consequences.”
Cathcart added that “our representatives need to have strong convictions and the ability to stand behind them.”
In addition to being a farmer, Cathcart, a Union County native who graduated from Clemson University with a BS in Animal Science, is also an employee of Kelly Pest Control. He and his wife, Celeste, have three children. The Cathcarts are members of New Life Worship Center in Glendale where Celeste serves as pastor.
For more information about Cathcart, his views, and his campaign email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cathcart is the third candidate and the second Republican to announce for the S.C. House District 42 seat.
Also seeking the Republican nomination is David Tribble Jr., a former mayor of Clinton and former member of Laurens County Council, who represented S.C. House District 15 before it was redistricted out of the area.
The only Democrat currently in the race is incumbent Rep. Mike Anthony who is seeking his seventh term in office.
S.C. House District 42 is composed of Union County and part of Laurens County.
The Democratic and Republican primaries will be held June 10. Filing for the primaries opens Sunday at noon.