You've heard of "Potomac Fever," where a well-intentioned person goes to Washington and suddenly starts behaving like "one of them" instead of "one of us." There's a similar phenomenon in Columbia, that I call "Congaree Fever." For a lot of folks, as soon as they get on the Columbia side of the Congaree, a different mentality takes hold.
The biggest problem with government is that politicians are catering to lobbyists and special interest groups instead of their constituents. If you elect me to represent you to the Senate, I pledge to always remember that this seat belongs to you, not to me. Once elected, I will:
*Provide monthly constituent update emails
*Hold open office hours once per week in the district
*Provide a publicly-available email address, rather than making you fill out a form to get a message to me
*Offer an "annual report" to my constituents each year to let them know exactly how our time in Columbia was spent
*Promise an unwavering commitment to making sure state government works for you, not against you