This page is part of a project providing information about the candidates running for office in South Carolina’s June 9 primary elections. Below, you’ll find candidate information for just one race, and all the information that appears was submitted by the candidates.
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Here is a look at who is running for US Senate in South Carolina.
Party affiliation: Republican
City of residence: Walterboro
How long have you lived in the district/city/county where you currently live?
Buckner was born and raised in Walterboro, SC. He moved to Florida in 2003 to attend law school and returned to South Carolina in 2009.
What is the top issue facing the people you will represent? “I believe abortion is the top issue facing the people of South Carolina. Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, defined too many children as ‘any more than the mother can look after and the father make a living for.’ She believed the most merciful thing that the large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it. In 2018, 10,732 abortions were performed in S.C. (Source: SCDHEC) I believe that children are a blessing from God, not a burden; they have a right to life. Thus to reduce the increasing number of abortions, I support that they be prohibited with no exceptions.”
Why should SC residents vote for you? “Because I pledge to act and vote in a manner that is consistent with the long established fundamental principles of the Republican Party and not compromise our state’s conservative values and beliefs for the sake of bi-partisanship or to be ‘relevant.’ Furthermore, I pledge to work to make into law either by sponsorship or co-sponsorship my Pro Life, Pro Second Amendment, Pro Fiscal Responsibility Legislative agenda as outlined with my “Contract with South Carolina” that can be found at BucknerforSenate.com
Occupation: U.S. Senator
City of residence: Seneca
How long have you lived in the district/city/county where you currently live? I grew up in Central, SC and have lived in Seneca, SC ever since.
What is the top issue facing the people you will represent? “The top issue is keeping people safe and rebuilding of our economy in the wake of COVID-19. Part of this challenge is returning our medical supply chain from China. We had a strong and vibrant economy before the pandemic, and we will do it again.”
Why should SC residents vote for you? “Now more than ever before, South Carolina needs a Senator with a proven track record of success to help rebuild our nation after the COVID-19 pandemic. My South Carolina values, middle class upbringing, service in Congress, and career in the military have provided me such a background. Our country cannot afford to move backward after all we have achieved these last four years, so I will continue to work with President Trump to enact our shared conservative agenda. We must not allow Democrats to force their socialist agenda on America, so it is critical that Republicans maintain control of the U.S. Senate. I am proud of my record of cutting taxes and regulations, defending life, standing up for men and women in uniform, and confirming a record number of conservative judges as Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. I’m a conservative leader who gets things done, so I ask for the support of voters in the upcoming Republican Primary on Tuesday, June 9.”
City of residence: Pickens, SC
How long have you lived in the district/city/county where you currently live? 5 years
What is the top issue facing the people you will represent? “We need to retool American industry here at home with a supply chain that is not reliant on Chinese imports. The recent COVID-19 health crisis is forcing South Carolina to take a hard look for a pathway forward. I have the expertise needed to put forth such a plan.”
Why should SC residents vote for you? “I have a clear vision for redefining the role of a U.S. Senator from South Carolina. In “My Pledge” to South Carolina, I articulate the needed changes.
- Honor Christ in everything we do.
- Limit myself to 2 terms and propose legislation for term limits.
- Oppose all forms of gun control.
- Work tirelessly to overturn Roe v. Wade.
- Articulate a message of inspired conservatism.
- Build a recognizable and consistent Conservative brand.
- Create a leader’s vision to help cast the hope and confidence of a brighter tomorrow.
- Demonstrate a statesman’s approach to governing.
- Our campaign team will obey the rule of law and help rebuild the moral and spiritual foundations of South Carolina.
- Drive legislation that will help South Carolina thrive economically.
- Drive legislation that removes regulatory barriers and unnecessary red tape.
- Support a Constitutional Amendment that defines marriage between a man and a woman
- Advocate for an educational system that brings primary responsibility back to the state level.
- Oppose the Equality Act and any of its derivative forms.
- Secure our sovereign borders through the construction of a wall; deportation of those who are in our country illegally; close loopholes detrimental to legal immigration and our national safety; rewrite the existing asylum laws.
- Champion the cause of prayer in our public schools.
- Embrace American exceptionalism.
- Exposed the unfair and harmful effects of transgenderism in public facilities and in sporting events.
- Donate a majority of my salary to charity.
- Refuse the elite health care program offered to U.S. Senators.”
Occupation: Chief engineer
City of residence: North Charleston
How long have you lived in the district/city/county where you currently live? 3 years
What is the top issue facing the people you will represent? “Congress has become unable to function due to career politicians, and increased fundraising demands.”
Why should SC residents vote for you? “I’m only running for one term so I can work for you, not spend time on fundraising. My goal is to make the Senate work. I’m a Chief Engineer who has spent his career helping our military, multiple voyages to Persian Gulf and Southwest Asia delivering our troops the equipment they need. When my ship breaks down at sea, I don’t say ‘maybe next year’ or ‘maybe next election’. We need to solve things right away. That’s the kind of drive and grit we need in Congress. I’m not going up there to be a celebrity, or give hot takes. I’m going up there to clean up the Senate, to fix it, so it works for us, the people, not the professional politicians. I have new ethics rules regarding fundraising, a new constitutional amendment on term limits that will work, and a new oath of office. This should be about serving your country, not personal ambition, not feathering your nest with insider trading or lobbyist positions. It’s a job to do, and right now no one is working up there for us.”
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