Priorities and Issues
As a young immigrant, I worked my way up to achieve the American Dream. I am grateful for the opportunities provided in our country. That makes me passionate about preserving opportunities and the possibilities of achieving success for every person in South Carolina and, certainly, for the poor and under-educated. To me, it is personal to keep the American Dream alive and create equal opportunities for others.
What is alarming to me is the fact that South Carolina today is ranked as one of the worst states for raising a family. We are in the bottom 10 when it comes to poverty, life expectancy, affordable housing, education quality, median income, debt outside of a mortgage, and rate of foreclosures. In addition, our state is in the bottom 10 for family income, the share of families living in poverty, and the share of families getting food stamps. People in our state, especially in rural areas, continue to struggle to meet their basic needs. South Carolina has a history of poverty disparities and income inequality that is intensified by racial and ethnic factors. All these adversely impact all other parts of family life. Families do well when they live in communities with economic opportunities and a quality education system. As your Senator, I will work to ensure that children and families have the opportunities they need to succeed. I will focus on increasing incomes and reducing income inequality. We can do better, and when I am in office, we will do better!
What should the State Senate do to address this issue? Let me hear your voice, your concerns, and your ideas. My priority is to serve and be responsive.
Your perspective on this issue is important to make sure the State Senate finds solutions that work for all of us.
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