Over the last six months, I have had the privilege to get know all the candidates that were running to be the Republican nominee for the 7th Congressional District. I congratulate both Andre Bauer and Tom Rice for getting into the runoff.
After much consideration, I have decided to endorse Tom Rice to be our next congressman. I believe in issue-based campaigns, and Tom ran a campaign that was focused on the issues facing our district.
Tom also believes in many of the issues that I supported in my congressional campaign. Tom supports replacing earmarks with a merit-based appropriations plan to ensure that the important projects in our district receive the attention that they deserve. Tom has vowed to support projects such as I-73 and dredging of the Georgetown Port and to prioritize these projects to make sure that they aren't neglected.
Tom also supports the Cut-Cap-Balance legislation that I supported. This effort would cut spending, cap spending, and move forward with a federal balanced-budget amendment. Tom understands the need for fiscal responsibility. With his business experience, Tom will work to reduce spending and bring forward sensible fiscal reform.
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Since Tom Rice has been on Horry County Council, I have been impressed with his ability to build relationships within the community. Tom has improved the relationship between County Council and Myrtle Beach City Council, and as a member of the City Council, I know that Tom has worked hard to get things done. Tom has worked to improve economic development here, and I know that Tom will work to bring jobs to the district.
I am proud to say that I have become friends with the candidates that were in the race, and I hope that these friendships endure, but I think it is important for this district to have a congressman that is from here. Tom Rice has been involved in the local community for many years, and has roots here in the 7th district. I know that Tom is the right person to be our Representative in Washington, and I encourage you to rally behind Tom Rice for Congress and vote for Tom on June 26!
The writer, a former congressional candidate and member of Myrtle Beach City Council, lives in Myrtle Beach.