UNION COUNTY — SC House District 42 candidate Tommy Mann opened his campaign headquarters on Main Street Friday morning with a speech about the issues he plans to address if elected.
Mann addressed a small crowd of family, friends, and other supporters in front of the campaign headquarters which is located at 119 E. Main Street, Union.
“Today I took a big step towards fulfilling a lifelong dream, I am now officially a candidate for the SC House of Representatives,” Mann said. “I’ve always wanted to run for office, and now that dream has become a reality. While today is a big step, it is only the first step. The next step is to win this party’s nomination in June, and then win this race in November.”
Mann, who is seeking the Republican nomination for the District 42 seat, described himself as a conservative Christian who is running for public office rather than a politician.
“Like David Sinclair, Amy Austin, and Jeff Bailey, I’m not a politician, and I’m not looking to become one,” Mann said. “We are conservative Christians running for office because we want to see change. I’m guided by my biblical convictions and my personal faith in Jesus Christ. I’ve spent the last 12 years in various roles of pastoral ministry, but in December I resigned from the best job I have ever had so that I could enter this race. I’m not a politician, but I have had the opportunity to serve on various boards and committees.”
(Sinclair is running for the GOP nomination for the District 3 Union County Council seat. Austin is running for the GOP nomination for Union County Clerk of Court. Bailey is running for the GOP nomination for Union County Sheriff.)
Mann spoke about his service on the county’s Comprehensive Health Committee and as chairman how he worked to defeat an effort to teach contraception in the county’s classrooms.
“Several years ago there was a movement to introduce contraception into our schools, but as chairman of Union County’s Comprehensive Health Committee I fought back, and we won,” Mann said. “Not only are our schools recommitted to abstinence because of the curriculum we found, but we have also seen a sharp decline in the number of pregnant students. I’m also proud of the grassroots work I did for the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.”
Mann also addressed the issue of the infrastructure needs of Union County and the rest of South Carolina.
“I believe we can fix our roads without raising taxes,” Mann said. “In this economy we can’t afford blown out tires and constant alignment jobs from all the potholes, and the last thing we need is a gas hike. We have a $1.3 billion surplus designated to infrastructure, but politicians are playing politics with it. I’ll do all I can to help.”
Mann also said he would work to support local businesses, not only encouraging the public to do so, but by his own spending decisions as well.
“I want to support our local businesses, and encourage people to keep business local as much as possible,” Mann said. “When we go to other counties to do things we can do at home, we are investing in their counties instead of our own. Once I become your representative I promise that I will continue to dine out and shop in our district as much as possible.”
Mann concluded by saying that while running for public office is a dream come true for him, he is not running for himself, but to serve the people of District 42 and address the needs of the district.
“So while this race is a dream of mine, it isn’t me I’m running for,” Mann said. “I’m running to do all that I can to repair our roads, improve our schools, fend off tax increases, resist government regulation, protect individual freedom, speak up for the unborn, and promote pride in our great district.
“I’m asking for the support of everyone in District 42,” he said. “Together we can demand better. Thank you, and God bless.”
Also seeking the GOP nomination for the District 42 seat is Buffalo businessman Mark Cathcart.
The District 42 seat is currently held by Democrat Mike Anthony who has yet to announce whether or not he is running for reelection.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090 or firstname.lastname@example.org.