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House District 68 candidates

Thad Viers (i)

Age | 32

Address | 1452 Forestbrook Road, Myrtle Beach, SC 29579

Occupation | attorney

Education | Socastee High School, 1995; The Citadel, bachelor's degree in political science with a minor in history, 1999; University of South Carolina School of Law, 2007

Civic and political experience | executive director of the Horry County Republican Party, 2000; district field representative for Congressman Henry Brown, 2000-2002; South Carolina House of Representatives, 2002-present; Horry County legislative chairman, 2007-2008; S.C. House majority whip, 2002-present; Illegal Immigration Conference Committee, 2008; Special Laws Subcommittee chairman, 2007-present; I-73 Study Committee, 2002-present; Ride II Committee, 2003; Myrtle Beach Citizens Police Academy, 2001

Military | United States Marine Corps three-year ROTC academic scholarship

Website | www.thadviers.com

Question | The Grand Strand has some unique concerns that other regions of South Carolina do not, such as the tourism industry. What are your specific plans for making sure our area gets what it needs?

Answer | I will continue to fight for Horry County's fair share of state funding as long as such funding is a legitimate expenditure of government. I do not believe in pork projects and/or earmarks just to bring money. Government spends too much on programs and projects that have nothing to do with government. We have to be guardians of taxpayers' money. Tourism advertising and highway dollars for roads and infrastructure are legitimate and are my priorities for the next term.

Bert von Herrmann

Age | 41

Address | 5680 Old Bucksville Road

Occupation | attorney, owner of von Herrmann Law Firm

Education | bachelor's of science in criminal justice; master's in education; juris doctorate

Civic and political experience | former prosecutor under Solicitor Greg Hembree for almost 10 years; grant writer and prosecutor for the 15th Circuit Drug Enforcement Unit; member of First United Methodist Church; active in school activities for my two children, ages 9 and 6; life member of the National Rifle Association. I was found to be a qualified candidate to be nominated as a Circuit Court judge, however, I chose not to run in the most recent race for that position.

Military | none

Website | www. electbert.com

Question | The Grand Strand has some unique concerns that other regions of South Carolina do not, such as the tourism industry. What are your specific plans for making sure our area gets what it needs?

Answer | House District 68 simply cannot rely on the tourist industry to supply the necessary employment opportunities needed. In this district, which can only be described as the heart of Horry County, we must use every available resource to recruit and staff industries that are able to use the outstanding programs offered from our technical schools and Coastal Carolina University. I plan on fighting for an increase in funding for these schools and the programs so that industries will continue to have a pool of qualified applicants. In addition, I-73, which has been talked about often with few results, is a must for the growth of our district.

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