Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Local attorney Cezar McKnight announced his candidacy for the South Carolina Senate District 32, a move that he is very familiar with. The local attorney ran against John Yancey McGill in the 2012 election and lost by a narrow margin of 81 votes. On June 19, McGill was elected as lieutenant governor after Glenn McConnell resigned. “I am excited to once again be a contender for the South Carolina Senate in District 32,” said McKnight in a press release issued the day of McGill’s resignation. “We came so close to victory in 2012. I believe that there still exists a desire for a new beginning and vision within the district and I pray that my fellow citizens would give me the opportunity to serve them.”
McKnight was congratulatory towards Lieutenant Governor McGill who has spent 32 years in politics and as a senator was ranked sixth in seniority, but he added he believes it is his time. “”He (McGill) has done some good things for the citizens of District 32 throughout the years and I believe this is a great opportunity for the citizens of District 32 to have one of its natives as lieutenant governor.”He said his campaign would focus on innovative ways to improve the quality of life within the district by making it a more desirable place for young people starting out in their various careers to work and live. He said other areas of focus would include improving the access to vocational training and technical college and more tax breaks for citizens. McKnight is a practicing attorney with a law office in Lake City and an eight-year veteran of the United States Army Reserves.