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#SCStateHouse: Limited Government Backer Running For District 117

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A staunch fiscal and social conservative will seek a Lowcountry seat in the S.C. House of Representatives this spring.

Jordan Scott Pace, who describes himself as a “Christian, husband, entrepreneur, and activist for liberty,” announcing his candidacy for S.C. House District 117 (map) this week.

“Despite Republicans having a supermajority in the House for more than a decade, South Carolina still has the highest income tax in the South, some of the most oppressive business taxes in the country, and due to legislative failure, electric rates that rank among the highest in the country as well,” Pace said in a press release announcing his candidacy.  “We’ve seen the state budget balloon by a billion dollars a year every year since the Great Recession all while roads, social services, education continue to deteriorate.  The folks we have been sending to Columbia seem to think the solution to every problem is to spend more and more of our money while increases the tax burden on our already thin wallets.  In 2017 alone they passed two of the largest tax increases in the state’s history!”

We can’t argue with any of that … in fact his announcement sounds a lot like something we would write!

State lawmakers in Columbia are addicted to taxingborrowing and spending on a government that produces consistently abysmal outcomes – economicallyfiscallyeducationally and with regards to infrastructurepublic safety and other core functions of government.

Pace also says the “Republican-controlled” S.C. General Assembly has failed to protect gun rights and shortchanged local governments.

“Berkeley County alone has been shorted nearly $14 million,” Pace said.  “Because of this failure and the state pension debacle, we have already seen counties, cities, and school districts increase their property taxes in order to comply with legislative fiats.”

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Since 2011, this seat has been held by fiscally liberal “Republican” William Crosby of North Charleston, S.C.  According to his latest disclosure report with the S.C. State Ethics Commission (SCSEC), Crosby had just over $19,000 in his campaign account at the end of 2017.

Crosby has not been challenged in either a primary or general election since claiming this seat in 2010.  He succeeded U.S. Senator Tim Scott, who held the seat for one term prior to his election to the U.S. House of Representatives.

Every seat in the S.C. House is up for reelection in 2018, although as we’ve repeatedly pointed out due to extensive gerrymandering and special interest influence there are few competitive elections.

Will this be one of them?

Filing for House seats opens in March, with partisan primary elections scheduled for June 12.  To keep tabs on this and other legislative races, be sure to click our #SCStateHouse tag …

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