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ChamberBuzz: Primary Election Update

2016 Primary Election Update: Tuesday, June 14th was the statewide primary election for South Carolina. Because of your participation, we helped reelect pro-jobs candidates this past Tuesday. Our work isn’t done yet as Good Government supported candidates Rep. Goldfinch (SD2), Sen. Larry Martin (SD34) and Bill Bowers (HD122) will face runoffs on June 28. Your support in those districts is critical.


A Not So Bright Future?…. Most notably on Tuesday, Senator Lee Bright’s constituents (SD12) sent a strong message. A large majority (62%) of his district voted against Senator Bright, sending him into a runoff with Scott Talley on June 28. The South Carolina Good Government Committee has endorsed Scott Talley, and so has Governor Haley. You can #StandWithScott too by clicking here.  Momentum is building for Scott and it is critical that we get out the vote on June 28.


Congratulations to the following Good Government Committee supported candidates who won their Primary Elections and, with no General Election opposition, are the presumed winners for their districts:

Sen. Mike Gambrell

Sen. Harvey Peeler

Sen. John Scott

Sen. Darrell Jackson

Sen. Katrina Shealy

Sen. Shane Massey

Sen. Kent Williams

Sen. Hugh Leatherman

Sen. Larry Grooms

Sen. Sean Bennett

Rep. Nathan Ballentine

Rep. Jimmy Bales

Rep. Chip Huggins

Rep. Carl Anderson

Rep. Mike Sottile


Chamber President again calls on Senate to restore Ex-Im Bank… “For more than 80 years, Ex-Im has helped American manufacturers sell their goods abroad by offering loans and insurance products that the private sector chooses not to offer…Law requires at least three Senate-confirmed directors to be in place for the board to meet. But right now there are only two in place, so the Bank can’t approve transactions over $10 million, which is costing $50 million a day to the American economy.” Read Ted’s guest column in the Greenville News here.


Apply now for the 2016-2017 SC Education Policy Fellowship Program… Do you have a passion for education policy and a desire to improve opportunities for children? Submit an application for the SC Education Policy Fellowship Program, a 10-month professional development program designed to work toward the implementation of sound education policy and practice in South Carolina. More information can be found here.

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