Several candidates have signed up to challenge Congressman James Clyburn.

Clyburn, a Democrat, is challenged in the June 14 primary by Democrats Dr. Michael Addison and Gregg Marcel Dixon.

Republicans Duke Buckner and A. Sonia Morris are also seeking the seat and will face off in Tuesday’s GOP primary.

General elections will be held on November 8.

Clyburn

Clyburn has served as the representative for South Carolina’s 6th congressional district since 1993. He is currently the House Majority Whip.

He says he runs to make “America’s greatness accessible and affordable to everyone.”


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Clyburn touts his 10-20-30 plan as one of his signature achievements. The plan directs at least 10% of allocated funds to communities where 20% or more of their populations have lived below the poverty line for the past 30 years.

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His website says the congressman was successful in getting the 10-20-30 plan inserted into four American Recovery and Reinvestment Act farm accounts, with Clyburn continuing to pursue the concept even after the ARRA expired in 2010. The 10-20-30 plan also began to receive broad bipartisan support.

The congressman’s rural energy conservation program became law in 2014 and allows rural electric cooperatives across the country to provide loans to their members to increase the energy efficiency of their homes.

Clyburn also says he is working to ensure the state gets its fair share in tourism and, according to its website, is developing a third heritage corridor in South Carolina to highlight sites of the revolution. and civil war.

In the area of ​​voting rights, Clyburn and House Democrats are working to document voter discrimination across the country to determine which jurisdictions should be subject to an updated coverage formula under Article 5 of the Voting Rights Act, which requires “pre-clearance” of changes to election laws in places with a history of discrimination.

Clyburn is a Sumter native who was married to the late Emily England Clyburn until her death in 2019.

He is a former high school teacher who also served as executive director of the South Carolina Commission for Agricultural Workers and later as South Carolina Human Affairs Commissioner.

He graduated in 1961 from then-South Carolina State College and has always lived in what is now South Carolina’s 6th congressional district.

His website is: clyburnforcongress.com

addison

Addison is no stranger to local politics. He unsuccessfully challenged longtime Senator Brad Hutto for the SC Senate District 40 seat in the 2020 Democratic primary.

The Hartsville native is a resident of Orangeburg.

Its platform focuses on public safety, emergency response, education, housing, and economic opportunity.

He states on his website that the district needs a focused representative who puts the needs of the district first.

“Together, we can improve our district’s emergency response, public health, education and constituent services. We need a representative who works in the district and not in Washington, DC,” Addison said.

Its website states that its position on public safety includes “improving and expanding health care facilities in District 6 and all rural communities with a comprehensive plan created by citizen insight.”

Addison also envisions public and private partnerships, “that attract economic opportunities that transform housing and education for the next generation.”

He said his plan would “link the private and government sectors to deal with student loans and declining opportunities for students.”

Addison is an entrepreneur, owner and operator of an insurance settlement company and a chiropractic practice. Addison graduated from South Carolina State University and earned his Ph.D. from Life University.

His website is: addisonforcongress.com

Dixon

Dixon is originally from Savannah, GA and grew up in Ridgeland, SC

He attended schools in the Jasper County School District and also served as a substitute teacher in his childhood school, after which he received his teacher certification. He has also earned numerous accolades, from Service Employee to School Teacher to District Teacher of the Year; obtained thousands of dollars in grants for various projects and served as a coach for school competitions.

Dixon’s website describes him as being known for “being bold when it comes to speaking out against structural injustices.”

He wants to ensure better transportation, better education and a better plan for prosperous communities.

Part of his plan includes introducing “tax breaks for people in rural counties who must travel to receive essential services such as access to nutritious food and medical care, as rural communities often lack even the most basic institutions such as hospitals and post offices. .”

Dixon said his plan to revamp education is critical because “schools cannot be ‘the great equalizer’ if they are inherently unequal and funded in a way that perpetuates inequality.”

It calls for increasing the number of guidance counselors and social workers and providing “tax deductions for all jobs that provide parents and guardians time off to attend parent/teacher conferences.”

He said his plan also tackles poverty.

He wants an inclusive study conducted on poverty to have “a real sense of the data” and make Medicare available as an option so that all individuals have quality medical care, “not just for physical health, but also mental and emotional. .”

His website is: marcelforcongress.com/we-deserve-better

Shield

Buckner, a lawyer, is no stranger to politics. The Walterboro native issued an unsuccessful primary challenge to U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham in 2020.

Now, in his bid for the 6th congressional district, Buckner says on his website that change is needed because the 6th congressional district “has stagnated economically for the past 30 years with low wages, increased crime and failing schools.

“The quality of life for residents of the 6th Congressional District has deteriorated for far too long. We have suffered enough! It’s time to chart a new course and plan a new future for the 6th arrondissement. Maintaining the status quo is unacceptable,” Buckner said.

Buckner graduated in 1990 from Walterboro High School and graduated in 1994 from South Carolina State University with a degree in English education. He began his career as a seventh-grade English teacher at Colleton Middle School and also taught 11th-grade American Literature at Walterboro High School.

Buckner left the school system to start the first African-American owned and operated weekly newspaper in Colleton County.

After serving as the journal’s editor for eight years, he received his JD from the Shepard Broad Law Center at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida in 2007.

When he’s not practicing law, Buckner enjoys spending time with his wife and three children, going to the movies, hanging out in the park and attending church services at St. Peter’s AME Church in Walterboro.

His website is www.voteforduke.com

Morris

Originally from Layou, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Morris currently lives in Charleston.

She said on her website that her background in business, education and law prepared her for the 6th congressional district seat and that she was inspired to run because of a “desire to see a real change in the direction of the country and the lives of those who need it most. »

“I’m running for Congress to represent South Carolina’s 6th District because I love this great state and I love America. You don’t have to look far to see we’re really in trouble. in our republic,” Morris said.

“We have a lot to lose and we are about to lose our freedoms. I am a concerned citizen who can no longer sit idly by while our country is destroyed,” she said.

Morris earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy of politics and law from Binghamton University in 1995, a graduate degree in public policy from Regent University in 1999, and a law degree from Regent University School of Law. in 2002. She currently holds a Ph.D. . candidate for law and public policy.

She states on her website that she is excited about her trip and continues to meet with voters in South Carolina’s 6th congressional district and “looks forward to the opportunity to work with like-minded people, as well as those who think differently and are open-minded and welcome informed discourse.”


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Morris said she stands ready to serve the nation that welcomed her family to its shore more than 40 years ago, “especially in matters of education and business opportunities.”

His website is soniamorrisforcongress.com

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