Sen. McElveen to deliver Democratic response to State of the State Address

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The South Carolina Senate Democratic Caucus announced Tuesday that Sen. Thomas McElveen, D-Sumter, will deliver the Democratic response to the 2017 State of the State Address scheduled to be delivered by Gov. Nikki Haley at 7 p.m. today.

McElveen's address will immediately follow the governor's address and will be carried live on ETV, said Antjuan Seawright, consultant to the Senate Democratic Caucus.

"I think it is imperative that the people of South Carolina understand the tremendous challenges we face moving forward," McElveen said. "We have many issues in our state that require immediate attention, and South Carolina Democrats have been talking about these issues for quite some time now.

"We also understand, it is going to take a bipartisan effort and collaboration from the executive branch in order to address these issues going forward."

"I am looking forward to discussing these challenges tomorrow night," McElveen added.

McElveen is beginning his second four-year term in the South Carolina Senate representing Senate District 35, covering parts of Sumter, Lee, Kershaw and Richland counties.

Seawright said McElveen was chosen because of his willingness to look past partisan issues to seek solutions to issues affecting South Carolinians.

"His service has been one of bipartisanship and bringing people together to focus on South Carolina's problems," Seawright said.