State Senate District 41 was one of the most stable districts in the state in terms of representation. Since the state first adopted single member legislative districts in 1985, it had only been represented by Glenn McConnell, one of the first Republican legislators from the Lowcountry until several months ago when McConnell was unexpectedly elevated to the office of Lieutenant Governor opened the seat.
While McConnell's thirty-two years of Senatorial experience will be difficult to replace, the choice for who will succeed him isn't. We're endorsing Republican Paul Thurmond to fill the vacant Senate seat in the Republican Primary which takes place on Tuesday, June 5.
After serving on Charleston County Council, Thurmond ran in the Republican primary for the open First District Congressional seat two years ago. He lost to Congressman Tim Scott in the run-off, but in doing so, established himself as a quiet workhorse. While he has one of the state's most prominent political pedigrees as the son of the late United States Senator, he has chosen to promote his candidacies based upon his own merits instead of grabbing his father's contact list (which is more than we can say for the children of other noted SC politicos). We observed this when he first entered Lowcountry politics and he has continued this humble and honest approach since, which says much to us about Thurmond's character.
While on County Council, Thurmond fought for greater fiscal transparency, which is a major challenge to overcome in fighting the cronyism and pork-barrel politics that is all too common at the local government level. He's also worked hard on the economic development front, looking at reasonable ways to make the Lowcountry more attractive for much-needed jobs. These will be his priorities as a Senator.
Thurmond comes from a family who has done great things and shows that he has the work ethic, business sense and conservative outlook necessary to become a solid Senator. Voters in District 41 would do well to vote for him in the June 12th Republican Primary.