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What's at stake in contested SC State House races?

What at stake in the S.C. Primary Contested State House races:

House District 97, Republican:

Mandy Kimmons

Mandy is a private practice lawyer focusing on domestic cases from Summerville, S.C. She previously worked in the First Judicial Circuit Solicitor's office as a prosecutor. She has prosecuted many types of cases including drug cases, child abuse and neglect cases and violent crimes. Then went on to manage juvenile prosecutions for Orangeburg and Calhoun counties. 

Kimmons says she is running for State House “because we need a voice – we need someone who will clean up Columbia, show up, stand up, and focus on our needs — better roads, better schools, and a system that protects our children and ensures their success.”
She adds that as a former prosecutor, she has “seen the worst in people — criminals, drug addicts, and sexual abusers. I have also seen those who live in a system that is too broken to help those people plagued with mental illness, neglected children, and those who need a helping hand.”
She would like to clean up the Department of Social Services. She wants to be a representative who will actively work in Columbia to ensure the road funding in this state goes to districts in need like House District 97. 
Kimmons went to the University of South Carolina, studying Political Science and Spanish. In her spare time, She enjoys spending time with her husband and son. She enjoys being outdoors, hunting, fishing, boating, and horseback riding.

Don Johnson

Johnson is an Ordained Minister in the Southern Baptist Church.  He is a Pastor, a Veteran, and an Outsider. This is Johnson's first campaign running for an elected office.
He served in the U.S. Army in the 1980's as an enlisted man. 
Johnson says he is a conservative Republican and “we need to reaffirm some core American principles: that truth matters, that the rule of law is more important than political advantage, and that being civil shows strength, not weakness. How we treat each other is far more important than simply winning an argument.  We need to make policy based on what is right for our District and South Carolina, not what merely sounds good in the media.”   
Johnson says he wants to work to protect your religious freedom and he fully supports the Constitutional right of a person to possess a firearm. “Legal ownership of firearms is our best protection against those who desire to cause harm.”
He also believes life begins at conception. “An unborn child is human life and deserves protection. I oppose any and all abortions and all public funding of abortion. I support a ban on all abortions.”
Johnson plans to bring a biblical perspective to the State House.  

House District 116, Republican:
Charles Glover--No information.

Carroll O’Neal

O’Neal was born in Charleston and raised in Mt. Pleasant. He graduated from Moultrie High School and attended Jacksonville University where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Electronic Engineering.
He says he spent a number of years in the corporate world before starting his own construction company. “Since moving to Johns Island, I have become more interested in farming, which takes up a considerable portion of my time now. I am married to Sheryl Willis O’Neal who has strong family ties to Cottageville and Colleton County.”
O’Neal says he believes in giving back to the area that “has been so good to me and my family.” He explains he decided to run after hearing from so many people that they are fed up with government. “I am a strong conservative who believes government needs to be meaningful to the citizens, not just a burden. Through this campaign, I have listened to the issues that most concern us locally. I enjoy lively debate and I look forward to speaking to those issues on the floor of the Statehouse on behalf of the citizens of House District 116. “

House District 122, Democrat candidates:
Shedron Williams

Williams serves as on the Hampton County council and is a business owner. He also serves on a number of local, state and national boards that advocate for wellness and healthy lives through prevention and care services. He has been recognized by numerous organizations for his work and has served as a regional leader for the South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy for three years.

Under his leadership, Hampton Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Initiative (HAPPI) has been recognized as having one of the state’s largest decreases in teen pregnancies by county, from 1994-2006 (31%). For his commitment and continuous work, he was selected as one of the top thirty advocates for Teen Pregnancy Prevention in the nation by Emory University. 
Williams has four children: Rozadeen, Winston, Tra-Von and Kyri. He lives in Hampton with his wife Cassandra who currently serves as an educator in Hampton School District One.

Bill Bowers (Incumbent)

Bowers has served as a Republic on the SC State House from 1997-2012. Rep. Bowers served on the tax committee reviewing all tax policies including income taxes, sales taxes and property taxes He is a graduate of Clemson University and has his MBA from the University of South Carolina.


House District 123, Republican
Jeff Bradley (Incumbent)

As a resident of Hilton Head for more than 35 years, I am humbled by and take great pride in the opportunity to represent the interests of the district. I have served on the boards of numerous civic organizations on Hilton Head, including Trustee of the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry, Technical College of the Lowcountry Foundation, South Carolina Commission on Higher Education, KNOW2 Beaufort pilot program Chairman as well as a founder of the Hilton Head Island GED Camp. Each day in the Statehouse, I am to be a voice of common sense representing District 123, one that is not beholden to special interests and willing to work toward a consensus with our local delegation to become more effective for our community.

Phil W. Hartman  

Phil Hartman was a school administrator for 31 years in Michigan.
He says he wants to make sure the community continues to thrive with a state rep that is accessible to them. His main priority is improving schools with more supplies and increasing safety measures.
He and his family have lived in Hilton Head for nine years now. He has two sons, a daughter-in-law and two grandchildren who attend Beaufort County Schools. 

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