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CHERAW – Richie Yow believes in never giving up.
Seven different doctors told him and his wife, Crystal, they would never have children. But they did. Seven days after their church prayed for them, she became pregnant with their son, who is now 15.
Two years ago, Yow ran for the S.C. House District 53 seat and lost to incumbent Ted Vick.
District 53 includes the Spring Hill precinct in Lancaster County. While Yow lost by 723 votes, he won the Spring Hill box.
Citing discrepancies in Chesterfield County voting procedures, Yow protested the results, but the S.C. Election Commission upheld Vick’s victory.
Now Yow is hoping – and praying – his strong faith and the support of the district will return another miracle.
Yow, a Republican, is planning to file for District 53 again.
“We have got to go back to our roots and look out for people, not politicians,” Yow said.
In the process of retiring from the Air National Guard after 25 years of service, Yow said family and friends, disheartened at news regarding the district lately, urged him to run again.
“I want to represent the people and I want the people to hold me accountable,” Yow said. “Our pastors and our churches need to hold us accountable.”
A 1992 graduate of Cheraw High School, Yow joined the U.S. Air Force at age 17. He received a degree in engineering infrastructure from the Community College of the Air Force and is a lifetime member of the National Guard Association.
He became the first resident of Chesterfield County to represent the 5th Congressional District as its GOP chairman.
“We will grow if we work hard and unite together,” he said.