Q & A with Republican Seat 14 House Candidates

South Carolina is one of only two states which allows its legislature to elect judges. At Mike Pitt’s Forum with Republican Candidates for House Seat 14 Monday night, Pitts said there has been discussion in the legislature that suggest we change to either electing our judges by popular vote or with a system like the federal system, where the Governor would appoint judges with the advice and consent of the Senate.

Only Grant Blair said that he’d lean toward selecting judges by popular vote. The rest did not express interest in changing. Michael Seymour said he saw no need to change the way we select judges. “The way that we’re doing it now seems to work.  Unless there’s a public outcry to change it, I wouldn’t see the need to.”

Mike Pitts asked the candidates what “Constitution Firearms Carry” and do the candidates support that in South Carolina. All stated their support for “Constitutional Firearms Carry. Stewart Jones said it this way: “People have a natural right to defend themselves against tyranny…… against government and that’s ultimately what Constitutional carry means.  It means you shouldn’t have to be permitted by a state.”

Pitts asked if the candidates would support moving public employees to a private pension system, such as a 401K. All four noted that private systems seemed to weather the last recession better than publicly managed systems, indicating they’re at least willing to look at a private system. Scott Horne said it this way:

” Each individual should be responsible for their own retirement.  The state now is years behind the manufacturing companies.  They did that.  They did that years ago.”

Mike Pitts asked if a candidate should be required to release their personal income information to the public. Most said “no.” Michael Seymour said, “I don’t know that anybody should be forced to divulge every detail of their lives to run for public office.  If somebody wants to know where my money comes from, it’s really simple, I’ll tell you, but I don’t know that that’s necessary.” Scott Horne did not have an issue with it: “I don’t see a problem with the transparency.  They’ve got to trust that where my money is coming from, then I’m not gonna do anything that’s totally off the wall just so I can get a little more money from somebody else so if I’m a public servant I have no problem being transparent.”