UNION COUNTY — Addressing the infrastructure needs of the district, helping make it business-friendly by opposing burdensome taxes and regulation, and applying Christian principals to state government are the goals of SC House 42 candidate Mark Cathcart.
The Democratic and Republican parties will hold their primaries on Tuesday, June 10. Voters must choose which primary they vote in before casting their ballots.
In the Republican primary the only local race is for the GOP nomination for the SC House District 42 seat.
Buffalo farmer and businessman Mark Cathcart and former Clinton mayor David Tribble, Jr. are running for the GOP nomination. The winner of the primary will face incumbent SC House 42 Rep. Mike Anthony, a Democrat, in the November general election.
This is Cathcart’s first bid for public office and he said that because of this he will bring a fresh perspective to the SC House District 42 seat and the state legislature.
“I bring a fresh view on everything to the table,” Cathcart said. “I don’t have old adversaries or allies. I just feel called to represent this district from a workingman’s point of view.”
Cathcart said his experiences, both as a resident and a businessman who uses the roads on a daily basis, has given him an insight into the district’s most important needs, especially it infrastructure which he said has been allowed to decay due to a lack of state funding.
“I live here, I work here, and I am very familiar with the infrastructure problems we have in this district,” Cathcart said. “Anything I can do to better represent us on the state level is my goal.
“Our top infrastructure problem is our roads,” he said. “We all pay taxes into the road system, but most of the infrastructure improvements in the state are being funneled to the Charleston area. It’s going to take somebody on a daily basis to plead the case for infrastructure for this district before funding for road projects will happen.”
In addition to advocating for infrastructure funding for the district on a daily basis, Cathcart said that if elected he will work to bring more business and industry to the district by opposing new, burdensome regulations and taxes.
“The legislature is where laws and regulations are generated from and businesses have to operate under a mounting load of increased regulations, laws and taxes,” Cathcart said. “I would not support any action that would increase that load and therefore making District 42 a business-friendly environment.”
Cathcart said that in addition to opposing new regulations and taxes that would unduly burden business and industry, his top priority will be to use his office to help negotiate the location of new business and industry in District 42.
Cathcart said that a major part of his agenda if elected will be to restore constitutional government by the application of conservative Christian values to government policy.
“God still has his hand on our nation, but this may not always be the case,” Cathcart said. “Growing government and the ever present war on Christianity is changing the complexion of America. The tentacles of control are reaching in every aspect of our lives. Politicians with self-advancing agendas are rotting our great nation from within.
“I’m a Christian conservative who supports pro-life, traditional marriage, our constitution, school choice, and enforcement of immigration laws,” he said. “I am not a politician; a politician votes for the betterment of their party and themselves. I aspire to be a statesman, to stand and vote for what is right regardless of the consequences.”
Cathcart added that turning around South Carolina and the United States of America as a whole is not just dependant on the behavior of and the policies enacted by public officials, but by the commitment of the people to serve God as outlined in 2 Corinthians 7:14.
“If my people which are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their willful ways; then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”