FITSNews Candidate Survey: Russell Guerard

What’s your name? Russell Guerard Where are you from? Lowcountry of SC What office are you running for? State House Seat 110 What political party do you belong to? Republican What’s your occupation? Real Estate Broker Are you a government employee or does your company receive contracts, incentives or other monetary subsidization from any government entity? (If…

What’s your name? Russell Guerard

Where are you from? Lowcountry of SC

What office are you running for? State House Seat 110

What political party do you belong to? Republican

What’s your occupation? Real Estate Broker

Are you a government employee or does your company receive contracts, incentives or other monetary subsidization from any government entity? (If yes, feel free to provide details). No

Why are you running for this office? Because I represent Low country values of honor, accountability, integrity, and transparency which I believe have been lacking from our current leadership.

What do you see as the most important issue facing your community/ city/ state/ country? (Please answer for each category irrespective of the office you are seeking). Out of control government spending and inefficacies at all levels and ethics reform and infrastructure at the state and national level.

What would you do if elected to address those issues? I would try and reduce the amount of money that is collected by the state by eliminating the individual income tax and replacing the lost revenue with an increased sales tax, try and run the agencies within our State Government more efficiently, and look at an increase in taxing what our tourist pay to come enjoy this beautiful state.

There has been no ethics reform in Columbia for 20 years, and that needs to change.  I firmly believe that there has to be an independent council that oversees the legislature, I have used these sayings before and I’ll use them again, “would you play a football game and not have any refs?”, “would you have a school without a principal?”. Heck no, its the same thing with the Legislature.  I cannot point out how critical this one element is. There MUST be an independent counsel. It doesn’t matter if you are a democrat, independent, or republican, I believe we all agree on this.

Dana Beach wrote a great article y’all printed a few weeks ago about the gas tax.  Our infrastructure around the state needs a lot of work and a great way to get the money needed to do the work is to increase the gas tax.  If consumers know that 100% of that tax was going directly into an account that would take care of SC roads and bridges, I believe most people would be in favor of a tax hike on gas, but ONLY if 100% went to the cause, otherwise, no deal.

Why should people vote for you? Being born and raised right here in the beautiful low country has been awesome, I cant think of a better place to live with my wife and bring up our three young children. I love this part of the world and I want to see it prosper. My wife and I are self employed with 3 young children that I hope will live, work, and raise their families here, so I have a responsibility and a vested interest to make sure that SC’s best days are in front of us. I’m determined, interested and fair and I will bring 50 years of very knowledgeable low county experience to the table.

If you are running in a contested election, why should people not vote for your opponent(s)? My opponent is an 18 year state house incumbent and I’d rather focus on what I’m going to do for the low country, staying positive verses what my opponent has not done.

How can voters connect with you? (i.e. campaign website, social media, email or any other mode of communication you prefer). My website is My email address is My cell phone is 843-478-3000.

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Same ol' Same ol' March 20, 2014 at 8:24 pm

Like Father, like son, ha.

Bible Thumper March 20, 2014 at 8:26 pm

Which one is the candidate? I’d vote for the one in the bow tie.

west_rhino March 21, 2014 at 10:26 am

Chip something….

shifty henry March 20, 2014 at 8:38 pm

He looks like a real go-getter, and I especially like his bow tie!

Smirks March 21, 2014 at 8:47 am

Pizza parties for everybody? Double recess time? Statewide ban on homework? Finally, a candidate willing to work for the people.

snickering March 21, 2014 at 12:50 pm

He’s obviously a “BOW TIE” Republican.

Jim March 21, 2014 at 12:42 am

So he’s for a tax swap, not a tax cut. His fallacy is that he thinks he needs to replace an income tax cut with a sales tax increase. How about replace the lost revenue with spending cuts and economic growth instead?

Smirks March 21, 2014 at 8:55 am

>spending cuts

Because he’s not a delusional troll who thinks the legislature is suddenly going to do something it is notorious for not doing?

>economic growth

Because eliminating state income tax won’t impact the economy significantly enough to even come close to making up for the loss in revenue via other already-existing taxes? Let alone accomplish what its proponents say it will?

That awkward moment where you realize conservatives always complain about the poor not having “skin in the game” because they don’t pay much in federal income taxes, but then claim they want to “help the poor” by eliminating state income taxes they actually do pay.

Bill March 23, 2014 at 7:13 pm

Because people who are for income tax cuts and sales tax increases believe rich people pay to much and everyone else pays to little. A standard Republican Position. A sales tax increase will largely be born by the poor an middle class.

Cynthia March 21, 2014 at 10:08 am

Who is he running against?

Ernie March 21, 2014 at 10:23 am

Chip Limehouse

ImDumbAs Hell March 21, 2014 at 7:38 pm

Limehouse is a really smart guy.

bogart March 21, 2014 at 7:54 pm

That you Chip?

Major Cordite March 22, 2014 at 3:20 am

No. It was his wife, dummy.

wtf March 21, 2014 at 10:27 am

SC, what is it with all these fruity ass conservative types who wear bow ties in your state? Rich little poofs are probably still dressed by their pilled up, still buzzed from the UDC luncheon, inbred mothers.

SC Politico March 21, 2014 at 12:56 pm

Don’t hate us for being more financially well off than you could ever be.

Not surprising March 21, 2014 at 2:38 pm

If I had to pick a #1 ideal that drives those calling themselves “progressive”, it would be that of “envy”.

It drives almost everything they do. Their tax policy, their constant cries about needing government for “fairness”(as if that isn’t laughable all by itself), their totalitarian views on property rights, etc.

You scratch the surface of a Republican and you get a right leaning fascist. You scratch the surface of a Democrat and you get left leaning fascist. The differences between them are very little ideologically, only their patrons differ.

Major Cordite March 22, 2014 at 3:23 am

Actually the only difference between them is how they tie their bow ties in SC. Democrats start with a left and over fold and Republicans start with a right and over fold. Bend and snap. Looking good my friends!

BeaufortTiger March 21, 2014 at 12:41 pm

It’s Lowcountry, not low country.

TontoBubbaGoldstein March 22, 2014 at 12:51 am

Maybe he’s from Belgium?

Major Cordite March 22, 2014 at 3:26 am

Best two things out of Belgium are beer and F&N. Swig, lock and load. Burp and fire.

euwe max March 21, 2014 at 1:47 pm

He needs to slap some sense into those kids.

Major Cordite March 22, 2014 at 3:19 am

Don’t you just luv these cute pictures. I really like it when the whole family is dressed in white and barefoot on the beach with their Labs drooling behind them. Smiling faces, beautiful places. We really are not idiots, we just favor them.

shifty henry March 22, 2014 at 10:20 am

They are real folks, and what ya’ see is what ya’ get. Good luck to him.

Major Cordite March 23, 2014 at 6:18 pm

Yes they are real, very real. The picture to me is still goofy, and the children need to wear clean pants when they are having their picture made. Swigging drinks and chewing gum in a publicly released photograph is a tad obnoxious to me. Just my opinion and I’m sticking to it, ShiftyH.

euwe max March 22, 2014 at 10:25 am

Not exactly Mick and Bianca Jagger, are they?

Major Cordite March 22, 2014 at 3:13 am

“Lowcountry values of honor……..” Gimme a break! So, the world revolves around the Lowcountry? That’s a weird orbit. Sort of like the Atlantic Ocean is formed by the merger of the Ashley and Cooper Rivers, right? Proof positive that several hundred years of inhaled dried mule dung dust, coming from Charleston’s horse drawn carriages, has caused some unusual thought patterns among this bow tie tribe. Luv my Garden and Gun folks. Bless their hearts. :-)

Major Cordite March 22, 2014 at 3:33 am

The kid in the middle has on dirty pants. Wife needs to hire better help and fire her current laundress. The kid on the right is suffering from imbedded dried Lowcountry Booger Syndrome. A simple saline solution and nose enema will clear it right up.

6 degrees of separation March 22, 2014 at 2:33 pm

Didn’t know Honey Boo Boo had wealthy relatives in SC???

Arlen Cooper March 25, 2014 at 9:43 am

If looks could kill, those who viewed this picture would be dead. Not a flattering family photo. The adults appear phoney, the kids spoiled. Just my take, we will never know … unless they are elected.

Mark Street April 29, 2014 at 11:24 am

It’s funny… this south of Broader, Russell Guerard -a term used to define those who cock their nose upward, drink mint juleps, wear straw hats and ring a bell when they need something- last voted in the 2010 democratic primary and has never voted in a presidential primary and he now has all of a sudden seen the light as a republican. Give me fu#@ing break!

Mt P May 4, 2014 at 1:20 pm

Wow, and plantation, I’ll vote for any tax hike 20 year blowhard Limehouse is more conservative? Give me a break, I know Russell, he’s a winner. Looks like he beat Limehouse in a GOP straw poll too.


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