Article I Section 2 of the United States Constitution, sets forth the requirements for someone seeking Congressional office: “No person shall be a Representative who shall not have attained to the age of twenty five years, and been seven years a citizen of the United States, and who shall not, when elected, be an inhabitant of the state in which he shall be chosen.” Our Supreme Court has been unqualified in its findings that district residency is not a requirement.
Jenny and I live with our five children in Charleston County; 3.5 miles from the intersection of Highway 165 and 17. The opportunity to benefit our community heavily influenced our decision to live in this rural area. Almost four years ago Jenny and I were able to take a few acres of land and develop a place we call “Peaceful Way” (www.PeacefulWay.org), where we later also built our home. We intentionally designed our small farm around the concept of being able to offer the property to non-profit groups for retreats, picnics, and community activities. The property has a small lake, playground, picnic areas, and a general purpose building with kitchen.
The past few years we have been glad to see “Peaceful Way” used as we had hoped. Thousands of people from scores of churches and non-profit organizations like Boy Scouts, Habitat for Humanity, Charleston EMS, and many other community groups have enjoyed the property. Additionally, we have been privileged to host “Charleston Salutes!” to honor the areas’ emergency workers and an annual family-friendly Independence Day celebration which is open to the community.
Living in Ravenel does mean a little longer drive to West Ashley where my work and our church and most activities are located, but we find the opportunity to life in the country and share Peaceful Way with others worth the extra effort.
For many years I have been engaged on a daily basis with my friends, neighbors, and fellow business owners in District 1. I understand the issues we face and believe the people of this district are far more interested in where I stand on the issues of importance to our nation and the manner in which I have lived my life than they are where I go home at night.
Curtis Bostic is an attorney in Charleston, S.C. and one of sixteen candidates seeking the GOP nomination for the Palmetto State’s first congressional district.