DECISION 2020: Three newcomers eye S.C. House seat left vacant by longtime representative

Decision 2020: S.C. House 107 race preview

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The South Carolina House 107 District sticks to the coastal areas, and spans from just south of the city of Myrtle Beach to Briarcliff Acres.

While it’s a small area of land, there are three very different candidates who hope to represent it in Columbia.

Coming off his 9th consecutive primary win in June, longtime South Carolina state House Rep. Alan Clemmons announced his resignation from the seat he’s held for 18 years.

Clemmons' resignation opened the door for three newcomers to enter the political scene for the race.

After losing to Clemmons in the primary by just one thousand votes, Republican Case Brittain got back in the race after Clemmons vacated the seat.

For Brittain, he said one of the top issues for him is education.

“I’ve always been big on education. I think education is the gateway to making sure our children are properly educated, so what we need to do is increase teacher salary pay and not just throw money at the problem but also fix the foundational issues as well," Brittain said.

Another top priority for him, if elected, is enhancing public safety.

“I think we need to take care of our public safety officers. I’m never going to support anything that defunds the police," Brittain added.

Brittan said issues surrounding flooding would be a top priority if elected too and said he supports I-73.

Running as a Libertarian, Will Dettmering’s name is also on the ballot.

“The best things about both parties is what the Libertarian party brings to the people," Dettmering explained.

He said, his platform consists of issues close to the Libertarian party, such as his support of ideas like limited government.

Dettmering said he doesn’t think state leaders will have influence over I-73 and called it a “non-issue.”

He said he also supports education.

“I think we need to help out the teachers. Not necessarily by pumping up their payroll but pumping up the things they have an access to in the schools, they shouldn’t have to reach into their own pockets to buy things,” he added.

Dettmering said as a Libertarian, he’s removed from special interests from political parties

And on the Democratic ticket, there’s Tony Cahill.

He said, his main reason for running is to remedy the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and slowing the spread.

“A statewide universal mask mandate. Strictly enforced," Cahill said.

He added instead of going into another long lockdown again to slow the spread if cases spike dramatically, he has different plans.

“A three-week, two to three-week opening and closing cycle if we have massive outbreaks this winter," he added.

Cahill said he also wants to change what he called a divisive and negative tone in politics.

None of the three candidates have held an elected office before. But they said they’re ready to serve if they win.

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