2 GOP candidates in race for SC House District 121

Eric Erickson and Tim Swain are running in the SC House District 121 Republican primary.

The winner will face the incumbent, Michael Rivers, a Democrat, in November.

Seats are also open this year in Districts 118, 120, 122, 123, 124, but District 121 is the only one with a primary contest.

Both GOP candidates received questionnaires and were asked to give their work and education, previous political experience and goals for the job.

Here are their responses:

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Eric Erickson

Eric Erickson

Occupation: SC lawyer for over 25 years in Beaufort County; Erickson Law Firm LLC – principal owner; former Special Prosecutor for the South Carolina Attorney General’s Office; former court-appointed lawyer; WE. Army Emergency Physician Assistant.

Education: JD of Thomas M. Cooley Law School; University of Michigan-Master Arch & Design (no degree); Washington State University-BA

Have you ever stood for election? Yes. 2020 SC House 121

What do you think is the biggest issue facing your voters this year? What to do with the additional $4.6 billion state government surplus. I believe we can catch up on roads and bridges, give money to “mobile crisis clinics” and mental health “crisis lines” to save lives, cut the tax rate by 7 % to 6% and 3%, increase teachers’ base salaries to $40,000 per year.

If you are elected, how will you be different from the person who held this seat before? This legislative session, Michael Rivers drafted four bills and was 0-4 without passing. An example of one of his bills, H-4903, which failed was that Rivers wanted Spanish to be a “core” subject in schools. If elected, I would like to serve on the Judiciary, Medical, and Military Affairs Committees and try to pass a law that protects the names of drug companies from protesters regarding lethal injection drugs.

What is your growth philosophy? After studying at the school of architecture and being appointed member of the board of directors of the city of Port Royal Historic preservation and Design Exam over the past 14 years has prepared me to see both sides of the equation in protecting citizens from the bad development that strains communities when they give too much benefit to the developer.

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Tim Swain

Timothy “Tim” Swain

Occupation: Building/Construction/Estimate

Education: Some college

Have you ever been a candidate in an election: Nope

What do you think is the biggest issue facing your voters this year? Currently, the main problem everyone is facing is how much everything costs. Inflation, gas, our economy is spiraling out of control.

If you are elected, how will you be different from the person who held this seat before? The seat is currently held by a Democrat. As a Republican, I would be very different from the gentleman who sits now. I will protect your Second Amendment rights. I will make sure no one is forcing you to wear a mask or take a photo you don’t want.

What is your growth philosophy? Attracting new business is usually achieved through low taxes, operating costs and little red tape. Some areas use business liaisons to help new businesses settle in their areas to take the stress away from owners. To help existing businesses, I think we need to make sure we’re using E-Verify for our work, have more community events that promote local businesses, and again, make sure we’re not overcharging anyone with too many licenses and fees.

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