Sumter County Republican Party hears from candidates

BY ADRIENNE SARVIS
adrienne@theitem.com
Posted 5/9/18

Members of the Sumter County Republican Party were given an idea of who they could support during the primary and general elections this year during the group's regular meeting Thursday.

That evening, party members heard from Gov. Henry McMaster, …

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Members of the Sumter County Republican Party were given an idea of who they could support during the primary and general elections this year during the group's regular meeting Thursday.

That evening, party members heard from Gov. Henry McMaster, who is running for re-election; U.S. Rep. Ralph Norman, representing South Carolina's 5th District, running for re-election; and Nelson Faerber, a former U.S. Air Force attorney, running for secretary of state.

Norman said he hopes to continue the work he has already done if he is re-elected.

During the meeting, the representative said he is against abortion, does not feel government is the answer to everything and thinks fewer regulations on businesses will encourage more entrepreneurship.

Norman also supports having work requirements for welfare services and is working on a bill with other legislators to require recipients to work a certain number of hours or attend educational programs to qualify for benefits.

"I'm sick and tired of able-bodied Americans not working," he said.

This would not affect the disabled or those 59 and older, he said.

"Work is dignity," Norman said. "Work puts food on the table for families. It gives self-worth to people."

When asked how people, including those in the same party, could come together for the betterment of the country, Norman said faith in a higher power would be the answer.

Members of the House - of various political parties and races - say a prayer together after voting and sometimes meet for Bible study during the week, he said.

"It's going to take prayer," Norman said.

The final guest speaker for the evening was Nelson Faerber - a former military prosecutor and defense counsel in the U.S. Air Force who deployed to Afghanistan as a rules of engagement expert.

The most important duty of the office is its responsibility to the state's business constituents, he said.

Faerber said setting term limits for the office and making services available electronically can make it easier and quicker for constituents to start businesses.

Faerber said while he was not claiming the current secretary of state, Mark Hammond, has done anything wrong in office, he does think serving for more than eight years is too long. Hammond is currently serving the fourth year in his fourth term.

"I think complacency sets in after about 16 years," he said.

Along with term limits, Faerber said the office can further be improved by making South Carolina more competitive with other states by making the processes to start a business more convenient.

It takes a little longer to get a business started in this state, he said.

"I think technology improves a lot of that," he said.

Introducing services such as electronic notarization in the secretary of state's office will benefit constituents and the state, Faerber said.

Others running for Congressional District 5 are: Archie Parnell (D), Steve Lough (D), Mark Ali (D), Sidney Moore (D) and Michael Chandler (C).

Candidates for secretary of state include: Mark Hammond, incumbent (R), Joshua Putnam (R), Kerry Wood (R) and Melvin T. Whittenburg (D).

Primary elections will be held on June 12.