Construction Land-Clearing Company Founder
Player, Detroit Lions/Baltimore Colts, National Football League (NFL)
Volunteer Minister/Counselor, South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice
BA, Urban Planning and Development, Michigan State University
Certificate, Therapy/Counseling, Sarasota Academy of Christian Counseling
DD, Bernadean University
PhD, Theology, Institute of Christian Works
Born and raised in Camden, South Carolina, Vincent Sheheen has committed his life, public and private, to helping South Carolina and its residents succeed.
As an attorney in Camden, Vincent has helped small businesses develop and grow around South Carolina. As the owner of a small commercial real estate company, he’s experienced first-hand the importance of having a government that works. And as a prosecutor and a business owner he’s seen how dysfunctional South Carolina’s state government really is. That’s why, as a state Senator, he’s worked to create entrepreneur-friendly initiatives to help business to thrive. And he’s led the fight to streamline government and hold our leaders accountable.
As Governor, Vincent will focus on building the economy from within South Carolina, as well as recruiting new jobs, to create a more prosperous state now and into the future. We will only succeed if local South Carolina businesses succeed.
Vincent knows that job growth depends on a talented and educated workforce. For over a decade, he has been a forceful advocate for reforming and improving public education in South Carolina. He led the fight to expand access to kindergarten for four-year-olds, and delivered results – expanding 4k to 17 additional counties in 2013.
Vincent’s commitment to public education stems from the example set by his parents. His father served as South Carolina’s Commissioner of Higher Education and his mother was a public elementary school teacher and a principal.
As governor, Vincent will work to further increase early education opportunities, improve K-12 education, and reinvest in higher education to make college more affordable. He will streamline workforce training and vocational education to better prepare 21st century workers. And he will reduce unnecessary bureaucracy in government so teachers can get back to focusing on students.
Most importantly, Vincent will make us proud of our state leaders again.
Vincent is a dedicated member of his church, active in the Camden Rotary Club, and still volunteers in local elementary schools reading to young students.
Vincent met his wife, Amy, while both were students at Clemson University, and they were married while he was in law school at the University of South Carolina. They live in Camden with their three sons, 17-year old twins Austin and Joseph and 12-year old Anthony, who attend the same public schools that Vincent did many years ago.
Tom Ervin was raised in Honea Path, South Carolina. He attended Belton Honea Path High School where he played football, and was President of the Student Body. He then went on to graduate from Erskine College in 1974, and the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1977.
In 1979, Ervin was elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives from House District 7 in Anderson County, S.C. He was re-elected to the House in 1981 without opposition. At age 32, he became the youngest Circuit Court Judge to ever be elected in South Carolina. He has also served as First President of the Foothills Community Foundation, and as CEO of Foothills United Way. Tom is a Conservative Independent Republican, and a small business owner.
Tom lives in Greenville with his wife Kathryn. He owns several radio stations in the Upstate, and understands the problems of over-taxation, over-regulation and rising healthcare costs firsthand.
Charles Steven French Jr. was born in Raleigh, NC 33 years ago, but he has always had strong ties to South Carolina.Â His maternal grandmother grew up in Clinton, SC, where she met her husband at Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC, and Steve spent many holidays and summer vacations in the Clinton area.Â His bond with his family is very strong, and he was especially influenced by his maternal grandfather, Marshall Lanter, who was a WWII, Korea and Vietnam Special Forces Veteran. He modeled integrity, love of country and loyalty to family, friends and community that Steve carries with him to this day.
At North Carolina State University, he studied both Political Science and Business Administration. He was a volunteer for the Elizabeth Dole for Congress campaign in 2002. It was also during this time that 9/11 occurred, having a great impact on him, and giving him a new respect for our civil service police and fire fighters’ challenges, as well as our military. Although he continued to study and nurture his interest in libertarian politics, his business background took the forefront, as he made the decision to leave a management position with a fortune 500 firm to start his own business with his wife, Elizabeth (Beth)Fields French,.Â Beth had moved to Charleston in 2000, where she studied at The College of Charleston and after graduating with a BS in 2005, remained a permanent resident of the state.Â Together, without any government or bank loans, they launched Coastal Grease Service, first in Wilmington, NC and later expanded the operation to Charleston and incorporated Low Country Grease Service in 2009.
LCG Service is a, used cooking oil recycling business, and in only 5 years, they have grown to service hundreds of restaurants and employ minorities and veterans. They have also expanded their services to include restaurant hood cleaning and grease trap service. Low Country Grease Service is the only local company to offer all 3 of these services to restaurants. “We have worked to cultivate a positive work environment. Our employees are motivated and rewarded for exceptional customer service. They all know and understand how important each and every restaurant is to us and they consistently go above and beyond to make sure the customer feels the same.” says Steve.
As an entrepreneur, Steve saw first-hand how government regulation and taxation affected the bottom line of his small business. Now he has set his sights on fighting government waste, inefficiency and tax inequity. It was during the government shutdown in October of 2013 that Steve and Beth had their first child, Charlie. Steve was growing increasingly frustrated that his interests, as well as the interests of his generation, were not being addressed by government. He wanted his voice to be heard. Steve realized that if nothing changes, this generation will be the first one in history to be less fortunate and more burdened than the previous one. Steve is dedicating himself, with his candidacy, to tackling the tough decisions needed to make changes in our South Carolina government.
Nikki Randhawa Haley was elected the 116th Governor of South Carolina on Tuesday, November 2, 2010.
Since taking office, Governor Haley has focused on creating jobs and improving the business climate in South Carolina. Other states now look to South Carolina as an example for how to recruit new businesses while taking care of the businesses they already have.
From the start of her administration, Governor Haley has been proud to announce over 45,000 new jobs created and more than $12 billion invested in South Carolina. While job creation is her main focus, she has also fought for good government reforms. During her first year in office, and after a three year fight that began during her time in the Legislature, she was able to pass roll call voting reform which keeps legislators from voting anonymously and allows citizens to see the spending habits of their elected officials.
Governor Haley has also been able to pass tax relief for small businesses, pension reform, Medicaid reform, illegal immigration reform, Voter ID, and created an Inspector General to help remove waste and abuse in state government.
First elected to the General Assembly in 2004, her time in Columbia has been marked by conservative leadership and an unwavering commitment to protecting the taxpayer. She has fought wasteful spending at every turn, pushed for smaller, more efficient government, and led the fight for accountability and transparency that, before her arrival, was sorely lacking in the Legislature.
For her efforts to cut taxes and slow the growth of government spending, Governor Haley was named “Friend of the Taxpayer” by the S.C. Association of Taxpayers in 2011. She has lifetime “A” ratings from the South Carolina Club for Growth, the Palmetto Family Council, and the National Rifle Association. She received the 2011 State Leadership Award from the United States Chamber of Commerce.
One of the strongest fiscal conservatives in state government, Governor Haley was elected to represent the 87th district in Lexington County in 2004 when, as a virtual unknown, she beat the longest serving state legislator in a Republican primary. In 2008, then-Representative Haley was sent back to the Statehouse with 83 percent of the vote – the highest percentage earned by any lawmaker facing a contested South Carolina election that year.
She went on to win the Republican Party nomination for governor on Tuesday, June 22, 2010.
Born in Bamberg, S.C., the daughter of Indian immigrants, Governor Haley’s first job was keeping the books for her family’s clothing store – at the age of 13. She graduated from Clemson University with a bachelor of science degree in accounting and, following her graduation, worked as Accounting Supervisor for a private company and five of its subsidiaries. She then returned to the family business and helped oversee its growth into a multi-million dollar operation.
Governor Haley and her husband Michael, a full time federal technician with the South Carolina National Guard and an officer in the Army National Guard, attend Mt. Horeb United Methodist Church in Lexington.
They have two children, daughter Rena, 15, and son Nalin, 12.