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South Carolina House District 99 -- Republican Primary

SC House District 99 race -- Republican Primary. If a candidate has not responded to our questions, contact your county party and ask when he/she is going to enter his/her answers.Charleston County Republican Party:Chair Larry Kobrovsky, kobrovskyl@bellsouth.netBerkeley County Republican Party:Chair Bruce Gonzalez, brucegonzalez@berkeleycountygop.orgHouse 99 - clairembush@gmail.com - Gmail
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Why do you want to represent the citizens of House District 99?

What experiences qualify you to represent the citizens of House District 99?

What changes to the gun laws in our state would you support or oppose?

As the federal government struggles to fix the Affordable Care Act, what will you do on the state level to assure that affordable health care is available to all South Carolinians? Are there changes on the state level that might improve health care in South Carolina?

What measures would you support to prepare South Carolinians for the skilled, good-paying jobs that employers want to fill?

The S.C. Supreme Court decided in the Abbeville case that the state fails to provide a minimally adequate education to students in the state's poorest school districts. What ideas do you have to improve public education for students living in the poorest areas?

Based on the upcoming 2020 census, the state will need to redraw legislative boundaries. Are you supportive of having the General Assembly continue to draw these boundaries, or should an independent group be involved? What criteria do you support for identifying these boundaries?

Do you believe that citizens have a right to know the donors to groups that attempt to influence elections in South Carolina and how they spend their money? Please explain your position.

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Campaign Phone (843) 442-8371
Age 47
Facebook VoteMarkSmith
Education Associates, Applied Science
Experience Owner of McAlister-Smith Funeral Homes, Inc and Palmetto Cremation Society with locations in Charleston & Berkeley Counties. Town Councilman, Town of Mt Pleasant, SC Commissioner, Mt Pleasant Waterworks Chairman of the SC Office on Aging Advisory Committee Past Chairman of the SC Aging in Place Coalition Past Chairman of the Lowcountry Food Bank Past Vice President of the SC Alzheimer's Association Past President of the Cremation Association of North America Past President of Rotary Club of Charleston Board Member of Roper Hospital Mt Pleasant SC Licenced Funeral Director & Embamer SC Licenced Pre-Need Life Insurance General Agent & Agent Graduate of SC Municipal Association Elected Official Institute
Candidate Email Mark@mcalister-smith.com
Why am I Running and why should you consider supporting me? I am running to protect your tax dollars. I am proud to have been called a “fiscal hawk” as Town Councilman for voting against every tax and fee increase, saving taxpayers literally millions of dollars, and producing surplus budgets year-after-year. As State Representative, I will continue to practice fiscal responsibility and advocate for our community’s needs. I am running to grow our economy As a job-creating businessman, I know firsthand how government can help - and how it can hurt - job growth. I also know our next generation needs the proper preparation and training to be ready for the jobs coming to our region today and in the future. As State Representative, I will focus on growing our economy by cutting government red-tape and freeing up businesses to thrive and advocate and by advocating for greater workforce development and readiness programs. I am running to keep our citizens safe. As Chairman of the Advisory Committee for the South Carolina Office of Aging, I have been a strong and trusted voice on ways to protect senior citizens from fraud, neglect and abuse. And, as a municipal elected official, I have always supported our law enforcement officers and voted to provide LEOs with the proper equipment to keep them and our communities safe. As State Representative, I will lead the charge to keep our seniors, working families and communities safe; fight the opioid and heroin epidemic; and ensure our law enforcement officers have the training and equipment to best allow them to return home safely at the end of each shift. I am running to restore our faith in government. As Town Councilman, I donated my entire Council salary to local charities because I believe strongly in service over self. As State Representative, I will work to advance real ethics reform - not just reform in name only; and I will support efforts to shakeup the way power is garnered in Columbia.

I am running to ensure these platform goals are accomplished for us; and, to that end, I am going to work extremely hard campaigning until the Nov 14th Primary Election and will continue working hard if when elected.
It is time to change the way things are done in Columbia. For too long, many elected officials have treated their positions of authority as means to line their pockets and climb the political ladder. That must end. Most of us believe our elected officials must govern with one important fact in mind: they work for the people, not us for them! Now more than ever, it is time for hardworking, honest and ethical leaders who understand what it means to be a PUBLIC servant to step up. My name is Mark Smith – I am a job-creating businessman, an active Republican leader, a proud Conservative, and a dedicated public servant. As your next State Representative, I will be an agent of change in Columbia and a leader our area will be proud of! I will be that in the State House because that is who I am in my own house and business. As a Town Councilman, I donated my salary to local non-profits that assist children, families, and seniors of the Lowcountry and have been referred to many as a “VOICE OF REASON.” As a small business owner and operator of McAlister-Smith Funeral Homes and Palmetto Cremation Society in Charleston and Berkeley Counties, I have created opportunities for many of our neighbors to work. As the immediate Past President of one of the largest Republican Clubs in the State, I have worked extremely hard to help committed and ethical conservatives get elected to local, state and federal offices. With no elected State Representative for our district, I am willing to continue to serve our area in a broader way, by offering my experience and unwavering commitment to serve the people of Hanahan, Mount Pleasant, Daniel Island and Wando… because we deserve a strong voice in Columbia. Unfortunately, our district had no seat at the table last year, including no voice during the budget or infrastructure debates. I am running to change that. I can’t do this alone and I need your help.
I support our 2nd Amendment rights and would work to support them in the legislator.
I am a proud conservative and businessman, who is growing tired of Congress' failure to repeal and replace Obamacare. Obamacare has cost many South Carolinians full-time jobs, stalled business and job growth by entrepreneurs, and has seen premiums skyrocket for many working families. While I wish the State Legislature could fix the problem, the responsibility currently falls on the federal government. As a State Representative, I will use my voice and relationships to urge our congressional delegation to repeal and replace Obamacare with common-sense, business -minded solutions to lower health care costs like allowing insurance to be bought across state lines
I would support the tireless efforts and positive results already in place by organizations like Ready SC and the Cradle to Career programs and continue to help find solutions for more collaboration with other success organizations, programs and initiatives to yield more efficiency and productive results to make sure SC has skilled and ready workforce to fill the needs of today while continuing to make sure continual and intentional communications are being made with marketplace leaders and employers. We must recognize the importance a ready and skilled workforce plays in the overall economic development strategy. Focusing on quality of life and career opportunities should go hand in hand.
My strong support of school choice is because I believe that every child deserves an opportunity for the best educational experience possible regardless of the child's zip code, even if that means the child has to attend out of district.
Currently the legislator uses the expertise of outside professionals to assist in the independent drawing process. In 2010, the legislators did a fair job redrawing the lines as was evident by the strong bipartisan support.
Yes and as it relates to public reporting, our current ethic laws are a transparent way for the public t know of donors and political actions groups. There is always room for improvement and I would support any of those efforts. Efforts to move from good to great in any area or on any issue would always be my default on any issue, working together for the good of the whole, not any one individual or special interest group.

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