Governor – Gresham Barrett
I have had the opportunity to watch Gresham’s career over the years and to hear him discuss his core beliefs, values, experiences and ideas on several occasions. He will make South Carolina a hard-working, effective governor.
Born and raised in Westminster, South Carolina, Gresham earned a Bachelors degree from The Citadel and served four and a-half years in the United States Army – First Cavalry Division, Ft. Hood, Texas. He was honored to be named Executive Officer for the MRLS (Multiple Rocket Launch System) Battery. After completing his military service he returned home to Westminster to help run the family business. A few years later he bought the family furniture store from his father and became a successful small business owner. He was first elected to the State House of Representatives in 1996.
In Congress, he has a well-earned reputation for being a rock solid conservative. The American Conservative Union gave Gresham their second-highest conservative score while National Journal ranked him the fourth most conservative member of the U.S. House of Representatives. The Club for Growth recently named him a “Defender of Economic Freedom.” Congressional Quarterly ranked him the second most opposed to President Obama of any Congressman in the country.
Gresham has repeatedly earned the endorsements of the National Rifle Association, the National Federation of Independent Businesses and the National Right to Life Committee. For his commitment to protecting the best interests of the taxpayers, the National Taxpayers Union has repeatedly named Gresham Barrett a “Taxpayer’s Friend.”
Read more about Gresham: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._Gresham_Barrett
Lt. Governor – Bill Connor
I have had the privilege of asking Bill every question I could think of and was quite happy with his answers. His qualifications for this position are summed up in the comments of Adjutant General Stanhope Spears on announcing his endorsement of Bill Connor for Lieutenant Governor:
“Having spent the better part of 16 years as South Carolina’s Adjutant General, I have learned not to give endorsements too easily to a candidate for public office. However, one of those exceptions is Republican candidate for Lieutenant Governor – Bill Connor. He is an Army veteran and has been deployed with the South Carolina Army National Guard in the ‘Global War Against Terrorism.’ Highly decorated, he currently holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Army Reserve. He is a proven leader!
Besides being a dedicated family man with three children, Bill Connor understands the business climate in our state and what needs to be done to promote job growth and economic stability. He fully understands the concerns of our senior community in these difficult times but also realizes the tremendous potential and talent that resides in retirees. Bill Connor has all the traits – all the values – to make a great Lieutenant Governor. I am pleased to support Bill Connor now, in the Primary and in the General Election.”
Read more about Bill: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Connor_%28SC%29
Attorney General – Alan Wilson
I spent several informative and enjoyable hours discussing issues, ideas and plans with Alan, and I believe his life and work experiences will make him an excellent Attorney General for South Carolina.
Alan grew up in Springdale, South Carolina and currently lives in the town of Lexington. He received a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Francis Marion University and a law degree from the University of South Carolina. Prior to working at Willoughby & Hoefer, Alan worked as an Assistant Solicitor for the Eleventh Circuit Solicitor’s office and as an Assistant Attorney General for South Carolina. He also clerked for the Honorable Marc H. Westbrook.
Alan has spent countless hours as both an Assistant Solicitor in Lexington County and Assistant Attorney General with the South Carolina Attorney General’s Office. During his career, Alan has prosecuted crimes across South Carolina including violent crimes, white collar crime, public corruption, DUI, domestic violence and child abuse. He has served in the South Carolina National Guard since 1996 and was deployed to Iraq in 2004. He currently holds the rank of Major.
Adjutant General – Maj. Gen. Bob Livingston
A combat veteran who has led a force of over 9,000 in Afghanistan, General Livingston is uniquely qualified to be South Carolina’s next Adjutant General. While the South Carolina National Guard still performs its traditional role as the Governor’s emergency forces in the event of disaster, riot or insurrection; since the terrorist attacks of September 11th the Guard has been increasingly asked to serve as a combat force in the War on Terror.
During his years of service General Livingston has been continually recognized as an exemplary officer, becoming the youngest Major General in the history of the South Carolina Army National Guard.
In April of 2007 General Livingston deployed to Afghanistan where he served as Commander of Combined Joint Task Force Phoenix, responsible for troops from every branch of the United States Armed Forces as well as troops from 18 other coalition nations. Upon his return he was assigned as the Strategic Plans Officer for the Chief of the National Guard Bureau and shortly afterward was asked to serve on General Petraeus staff as the Director of the Coalition Coordination Center.
Current Adjutant General Stan Spears endorsed Livingston, saying, “The Guard today is in a great transitional period, a transitional period that requires not only leadership but a deep understanding of the core values that drive our brave soldiers and airmen. I know of only one man that can meet those high standards and that is General Bob Livingston.”
President and CEO of Gregory Electric, a multi-state business that employs 360 South Carolinians, General Livingston holds a Bachelor degree in Chemistry and Science, Bachelor and Master degrees in Electrical Engineering, Master degree in Business Administration, and Master of Strategic Studies from the United States War College.
I will post information about other candidates I support in the coming days. In the meantime, call me if you have questions.