UNION COUNTY — His experience in local and state government including his role in successful efforts to promote economic development and address related issues are what David Tribble Jr. brings to his bid for the SC House District 42 seat.
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.
Former Clinton mayor David Tribble Jr. and Buffalo farmer and businessman Mark Cathcart 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.
In addition to serving six years as mayor of Clinton, Tribble also served six years on Laurens County Council. He also served on the Laurens Hospital Association Board, and represented S.C. House District 15 in the state legislature before it was redistricted out of the area.
Among the issues Tribble dealt with during his years in office was economic development.
“We located during my time as mayor of Clinton five new industries,” Tribble said. “Avery Dennison was in the print packaging business; the second-largest as Mueller Valve which made valves for municipal systems; the third was McCrory Stores which located their distribution center in Clinton; the Morris Bean Company, an aluminum foundry that made inpellers for diesel engines; and Gold Bond Products, a manufacturing facility which made products for Lowe’s and Home Depot.”
Tribble pointed out that these industries came to the City of Clinton because it had the means to facilitate their location. He said the city could offer them sewer which he described as “the prime mover” in industrial development. Another factor in the decision of those companies to locate there was the ability of the city to offer them not only property for their initial facility, but enough space for future expansion and their businesses grew.
While most would not expect it, Tribble said his years as a member of Laurens Hospital Board Association and the decisions taken during that time also helped promote economic development.
“We had two hospitals — Bailey Memorial in Clinton and Laurens Memorial in Laurens — and we decided to create a new hospital between the two towns to achieve economies of scale and we set off an economic explosion,” Tribble said.
Tribble the new hospital, named Laurens County Hospital System, became the center of a “dynamic, growing medical community” that soon included an orthodontic services and dental services offices. In addition to the medical and related entities that located there, Tribble said the Laurens County Chamber of Commerce, the Vocational Rehabilitation Center, and the Social Security offices also moved there.
His involvement in economic development gave Tribble an understanding of what is involved, an understanding he said he will bring to the SC House District 42 seat.
“Economic development is a team sport,” Tribble said. “Everybody needs to know the roles they are to play. I’ve played multiple roles within that team sport. I’ve seen how a community can come together to make that succeed.
“The state representation plays a leadership role similar to what I played in the past,” he said. “If the final piece to putting the deal together is effected by DHEC, if it involves getting roads widened and turn lanes added, if there is money in Columbia for the deal closing, this is where the representation comes in.”
Tribble added that such representation has to be experience and professional in nature and with a strong understanding of the economic development process, not only at the local level but at the state level.
“It is not uncommon for it to start in the (State) Department of Commerce,” Tribble said. “That is why it is so important to have professional representation.”
Another issue that Tribble said will be the focus of his attention if elected is unfunded mandates. He said he is opposed to unfunded mandates that can effect local government, local school districts, and local health care systems and will be on the lookout for them in Columbia.
Tribble said that during his previous term in the state legislature he worked to maintain a close relationship with the local governments, school district, health care system, and other local institutions in his district. He said that before he would vote on an issue affecting them he would request to meet with those officials to discuss any and all proposed legislation and he will do that again if elected to the SC House District 42 seat.