To the editor:
It’s almost time to vote again! Mike Anthony who holds the SC House District 42 seat decided to retire, and we will have a new representative soon. The Republican Primary is June 12. You may think….just another primary, it’s not important. Not so, there is no Democratic opposition in the general election, and that means whoever is elected as the Republican for House District 42 will be seated as our representative.
Normally, I don’t get involved with specific political candidates. I’m like many of you, I vote for the individual of my choice regardless of their political affiliation. And that is the case as I make my choice for our House Seat 42. I will vote for my friend and colleague Command Sergeant Major (Retired) Doug Gilliam.
CSM (R) Gilliam has spent most of his adult life serving us, and our great country. He has held senior enlisted leadership positions in peacetime and war. He was the senior enlisted soldier for one of my Embedded Training Teams in Afghanistan, and served as the Command Sergeant Major of the 218th Infantry Brigade, SCARNG, during a deployment to Kosovo. Most recently, he is training our young people as the Union High School Senior Army Advisor for their Junior ROTC program.
I have known and served with CSM (R) Gilliam for more than 30 years. He possesses the personal traits to serve us well in the State House. He’s a very hard working person focused on accomplishing the task at hand. He’s an intelligent, honest person who knows how to work with elected officials to get something done, and that is very much needed in Columbia.
CSM (R) Gilliam understands compromise is necessary at times, but will maintain his integrity and values for which he is elected. And he has the personal courage to stand against opposition and vote for our best interest in the State House. CSM (R) Gilliam was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for Valor for combat action in Afghanistan. I know firsthand of his personal courage; I was there!
Please go to the polls on June 12 and vote for Doug Gilliam. But if you decide to vote for someone other than Doug Gilliam, that is your right (and duty as I see it) as a citizen of the United States, South Carolina, and House District 42.
W. Corey Cannon
Colonel (Ret.), Infantry
United States Army