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Why I’m Running
“I see the potential of our state. I see what we can be. But I also see what’s getting in the way. I am running for Governor because I feel like I must do all that I can to fight for the people of South Carolina. I am running because I want South Carolina to realize her fullest potential … and that means no one gets left behind.”
This campaign is not about one person. It is about all of South Carolina coming together to work for a better future for all of us. From putting up a yard sign or hosting an event to following on social media or donating, there’s plenty of opportunities to show your support of—and spread the word about—James Smith’s campaign for Governor.
Too many South Carolina families do not have access to healthcare simply because they live here. We need to expand coverage to increase access to high quality, affordable healthcare and keep our hard-earned tax money in the state.
Every South Carolina child deserves more than a minimally-adequate education. We must bring modernization and innovation to the classroom. Our teacher pay, which ranks 37th in the nation, should be elevated to the Southeastern average.
When I’m Governor, I will expand training and workforce development opportunities to link South Carolinians with well-paying 21st century jobs, like those in technology, healthcare, advanced manufacturing, and renewable energy.
Protect our Environment
Every effort needs to be made to protect our environment and ensure that our beaches remain a place of enjoyment for our residents and visitors.
Where Does James Stand?
As a member of the General Assembly, James Smith has worked to promote a safer, fairer, and better life for all South Carolinians. You can rely on him to do the same as your governor.
As Governor, I will sign legislation supporting gun safety initiatives like closing the Charleston loophole; banning bump stocks and trigger cranks; requiring universal background checks, including for gun show sales; and restricting retail sales of military-style assault weapons.
When women are not treated equally, all of our state suffers. It is time to make sure women receive equal pay and opportunities.
A culture of corruption is holding South Carolina back. James Smith will put service before self and will work day and night to help South Carolina families.
In The News
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By James Smith
This campaign for governor can sometimes feel like two separate conversations that don’t connect at any point.
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