I don’t look at this as a win for me. I look at this as a win for Berkeley and Charleston counties, for the Lowcountry and for the taxpayers of South Carolina. More importantly, it’s a win for substantive solutions aimed at fixing our most pressing issues – infrastructure, the nuclear power plant mess, education and the sustainability and safety of our communities.
We got here – together – because we believe our state can do better. Because we know new perspectives are long overdue in Columbia. And because we can see that the old way of doing things in state government keeps coming up short on so many levels.
I’m humbled by my friends here and afar who have helped me! Thank you doesn’t seem like enough, but that’s what I offer you.
I’ve met a lot of new friends and learned a lot more about our community. Not just here on Daniel Island, but in Hanahan, Goose Creek and North Mt. Pleasant.
Our community needs might be different, but love for our community and our state remain the same.
I’m a businesswoman. I don’t care about rhetoric or labels – I care about outcomes. Your prosperity, your community, your roads, your schools, your family, your safety, your security – these are the things I care about.
And guess what – spending more of your money on steadily worsening outcomes is not going to cut it any more.
If we are going to be entrusted with the resources you work so hard to create, then we need to be accountable for every penny we spend and every promise that’s made.
Because those pennies add up.
Columbia hasn’t been doing that. And for our state to move forward, that must change.
I’m also a mom. Which means my obligation isn’t just to fix today’s problems, it’s to dig deep on tomorrow’s issues and figure out how our state can avoid the mistakes of the past in order to forge a better future for my kids, your kids and for all children across our state.
And I know we can do this.
The stump speeches are over, but I want to leave you with a few closing thoughts:
A lot of the reforms we need to implement will require hard work and political courage – but they aren’t complicated. They simply require us to apply common sense and uncommon effort. I’m talking about letting people keep more of what they earn – especially middle income earners and small businesses who are overtaxed and overburdened at the state level. I’m talking about giving parents options in a true education marketplace – one driven by academic performance not loyalty to a broken system. I’m talking about overhauling inefficient bureaucracies and undoing unfair special interest deals – like the $10 billion nuclear disaster that hundreds of thousands of us are on the hook for.
Common sense. Uncommon effort. Those are the watchwords of the perspective I’m taking to Columbia. And I want every one of you to hold me accountable every step of the way.
I want to thank everyone who supported this campaign. Hundreds of you have given so much of your time, talent and treasure to make this moment happen. From the bottom of my heart I thank you, and from the bottom of my heart I also want to thank my wonderful husband Curtis and my two beautiful kids for the sacrifices they have made over the past few months in support of this campaign.
Thank you all. I love you all. I appreciate you all. Let’s do this!