Susan is focused on delivering solutions for the problems that affect our community, Richland County, and South Carolina.
The most critical problem in South Carolina is preparing our children for successful and productive careers. My background as a Richland District 2 board member for the past 10 years is a proven record of my involvement and concern for educating our young people. I understand the importance of making sure that every child has the opportunity to succeed with a quality education starting in pre-school through college, career or technical schools.
- Our students need to be prepared for the jobs of the future. The new businesses coming into our state are already looking for them. Unfortunately, many of the children in South Carolina are not ready to perform at the level needed to succeed.
- Early childhood education ensures that our youngest students will be prepared and more likely to succeed than students who do not have these opportunities.
- We must ensure that we hire and retain the best and brightest teachers because they are the people who are responsible for the development and eventual success of our students. We must support merit-based hiring for those individuals who are the most qualified. Nepotism and cronyism should not play a role in employment decisions.
Many South Carolinians are disappointed in the personal ethics of our elected officials. In recent years, we have had scandals resulting in the removal of the Lt. Governor, State Treasurer, Agriculture Commissioner, Speaker of the House and a State Senator. Several Sheriffs have been convicted and removed from public office. In Columbia, some elected officials have used their positions to gain government contracts. All of this has caused a justifiable loss of the public’s confidence in their elected officials.
If elected, I will be a full-time State Senator
- I will not seek other employment
- I will not seek government or private business contracts
- I will not use my position to seek another elected position
- I will represent the entire constituency of my District, of the state of South Carolina, including all races and all ages with particular emphasis on helping our children.
Department of Transportation Reform
It is important to get critical dollars to our crumbling infrastructure… bridges and roads. Decisions concerning these needs should be based on merit, not politics. We need our roads to support the new industries that are coming to our state and we need to be competitive with our neighbors… NC and Georgia.
Department of Social Services Reform
A child in our state’s welfare system is often in danger of physical and mental abuse due to the lack of adequate care in foster homes. A good foster parent program is needed, as well as more caseworkers and less turnover among the caseworkers. The need for additional cases workers has been well documented and those needs should be met.
Better Paying Jobs for South Carolina
The Corporation for Enterprise Development has ranked South Carolina last in the area of Business and Jobs that includes the small business ownership rate and the business creation rate per 1,000 workers in addition to the percentage of low-wage jobs and average annual pay.
It appears that 34 percent of SC workers are employed in occupations where the median annual pay is less than the federal poverty threshold for a family of four. This has to change.
More government regulations and more restrictions on small business is not the solution. South Carolina is doing a good job in attracting big national and international companies to our State. It is our responsibility to see that our workforce is educated and trained to take these jobs, plus do an even better job in helping small local businesses succeed and grow.