BUFFALO — Republican Gubernatorial candidate Catherine Templeton visited Union County on Thursday, making a lunchtime stop at Midway BBQ. Templeton greeted those in the restaurant and then spoke to supporters who had gathered to hear from the candidate.
Templeton, who is seeking elected office for the first time, touted her experience as a former state agency head as a positive, stating that she is the only candidate with real experience running a state agency. Templeton served as head of the Department of Labor Licensing and Regulation and head of DHEC under Gov. Nikki Haley.
Templeton also spoke about her time working at Cedar Hill Plant in Jonesville. She stated that her time there taught her a lot about businesses and how things operate. Templeton stated that her time working for Roger Milliken shaped the way she viewed labor unions. While working in the textile industry, Templeton decided to go to law school and spend the rest of her career fighting labor unions. Her experience battling labor unions is why Nikki Haley called on her to run the Department of LLR, and fight the Obama administration on keeping the unions out of the Charleston Boeing plant.
Templeton says she is running for Governor because she wants to clean up Columbia and get rid of the “Good ole boy system.” She stated that current Governor Henry McMaster “is a nice and funny man,” but that voters should hold him accountable, “for signing into law the largest tax increase in state history and I’m not even talking about the gas tax.”
After speaking Templeton took questions from those gathered that ranged from questions about the ongoing issues with SCANA to a question about her support of the Second Amendment. One of the questions asked to Templeton was about arming South Carolina teachers in an effort to protect students from school shootings. Templeton stated that she would support arming teachers that wanted to add the responsibility of carrying a weapon and also completed the proper training. She added that she believes that every school in South Carolina should have a school resource officer in it at all times. Templeton also mentioned that she is a strong believer in concealed carry and has a permit and carries a weapon herself.
The event was hosted by the Union County Republican Party, and the party plans to host more meet and greets with statewide candidates in the near future.