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There have been numerous comments in this newspaper suggesting that no one seems to know anything about Mick Mulvaney, who is running for the S.C. Senate.
I know a little about him. We, the people of Lancaster County, elected him to represent us two years ago as our legislator in the S.C. House of Representatives. Mr. Mulvaney recently received the Outstanding Freshman Legislator of the year award from the Palmetto Family Council for his work on pro-life, pro-family issues in the House. He was rated as one of the most fiscally responsible members of the entire Legislature. He worked hard to help all of his constituents, Democrat or Republican.
Mr. Mulvaney was raised in southern Mecklenburg County and moved his family to Indian Land several years ago. He is married to Pam, and they have 8-year-old triplets, who attend parochial school. Both of his parents were public school teachers. His father taught English and his mother taught social studies. His mother quit teaching to have Mick, younger brother Ted, and younger sister Kerry. His father also quit teaching so he could try to make more money for the family.
Mulvaney is an entrepreneur who owns a real estate development firm. He has started several successful businesses, which have created dozens of jobs. He helped start the Indian Land Rotary Club. He serves on the board of visitors for the University of South Carolina at Lancaster. His wife serves on the board of advisors of Springs Memorial Hospital. Mick is active in the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce. He was campaign chair for our local United Way and is still on that board. He was a corporate sponsor of the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Lancaster County. He is a strong supporter of the American Red Cross, Ducks Unlimited and the Matt Blackwell Foundation. He attends St. Philip Neri Catholic Church in Fort Mill and is working to start a new church in Indian Land.
During his summers in high school, Mick worked at Carowinds.
The rhetoric and falsehoods that keep showing up in the newspapers and being voiced in Lancaster County about Mr. Mulvaney are sickening. I hope readers will agree with me that it’s not about where you were born and raised or where you worked growing up, but about the issues.
And while he hasn’t lived here his whole life, he chose to make Lancaster County his home.
Mr. Mulvaney pays his taxes just like you and me and he is very much involved in our community and has the concern and experience that’s needed to fight for and succeed in representing the citizens of Lancaster and York counties.
I am more confident that I have made the right decision in supporting Mick Mulvaney to represent me and my family in the Senate.