Rep. Anderson, Sam Floyd will seek Senate District 32 Seat

  • Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Left: Rep. Carl Anderson signs his paperwork officially filing for the Senate District 32 seat July 7, while campaigners Sam Marsh and Jerome Johnson, and Georgetown County Elections and Registration Director Donna Mahn watch. Right: Sam Floyd is running for the Senate District 32 seat. The local lawyer announced his candidacy last week after conferring with family. PHOTOS BY TAYLOR GRIFFITH/SOUTH STRAND NEWS AND MICHAELE DUKE/KINGSTREE NEWS

SC Representative Carl Anderson (District 103) will seek the Senate District 32 seat in a special election after Senator John Yancey McGill, who in June became lieutenant governor, vacated the office. “In my 10 years in the House I've been around [former Sen. McGill] a lot, met a lot of people, built a lot of bridges, and helped a lot of communities, and I've just figured it's my time to step up to that plate,” Anderson told The Georgetown Times. “It's good when you've already got somebody who is already sitting at the table.”

Rep. Anderson (D), a resident of Georgetown, represents House District 103, which serves parts of Georgetown, Horry and Williamsburg counties. He was first elected to the chamber in 2004. His term as representative ends November 10, 2014. Senate District 32 serves areas of Florence, Georgetown, Horry, Berkeley and Williamsburg counties. Anderson served in three delegations with McGill.

Anderson serves on the Horry-Georgetown Technical College Advisory Board, Waccamaw Regional Planning Commission, National Black Caucus of State Legislators Executive Board and Georgetown County Port Task Force Committee. He currently serves on the House Labor, Commerce and Industry Committee and several sub-committees.

Anderson joins fellow democrats Rep. Ronnie Sabb, local attorney Sam Floyd, and Cezar McKnight, who ran against McGill in 2012. He said he is planning campaign appearances.

Floyd announces campaign bid

Local attorney Sam Floyd has made his intentions to run for District 32 Senate seat. Floyd said he will run a race that focuses on the task at hand. “My intentions are to run a very clean, positive race with no negativity,” said Floyd. “I'll focus on the task at hand for the well-being of all the citizens of District 32.” A Special Primary election for Senate District 32 will be held September 2, with a runoff on September 16, if necessary.

Floyd made his decision to run for the office after a roundtable discussion with his family. “Major decisions always go through the family,” said Floyd who is a Williamsburg County Councilmember. “They were behind me 100 percent.”

Floyd said his goals are to bring good quality jobs through economic development, which he said would begin with the dredging of Georgetown harbor. “Anytime you have quality jobs on a port you still have to export and import from that port. Everything can't be located on the port,” said Floyd pointing to the Boeing plant in Charleston as an example of the positive economic consequence granted to surrounding counties such as the addition of distribution centers. “All of the infrastructure can't be on the port. It's got to be away from the port and this district has plenty of green space to place it.”

According to South Carolina Ports Authority, port operations (in Charleston, Georgetown and Greer) currently facilitate 260,800 jobs across South Carolina and nearly $45 billion in economic activity each year. “That is the first step. That is a major step. And then - fortunately we already have the four-lane - Highway 52. Hopefully we're going to get (Highway) 521 four-laned,” said Floyd. “You take those four lanes between Georgetown and Charleston - you've got the connection of travel, and we've got the green space to place the infrastructure.” He added that the infrastructure has to be environmentally safe. “But of course the infrastructure has to be environmentally safe,” said Floyd.

“And I think that's what the citizens want. Between requesting the water and sewer projects and being outspoken in terms of the mega dump. I believe that's what the vast majority of the citizens of this district want: environmentally safe, sound, economic infrastructure.”

As a member of Williamsburg County Council, Floyd has shown his commitment to both the youth and the elderly. “I've always been very supportive of our senior citizens and our young people,” said Floyd. Nearly two-thirds of the councilman's annual discretionary funds (funds allocated to each councilmember to be used within their district as they see fit) are distributed between Vital Aging and the Kingstree Little League.

Floyd's political background has humble beginnings. He was a senator while a student at Francis Marion University. In 2010 he was elected to Williamsburg County Council.

His political ties however are far more reaching. His father, the late LaNue Floyd, was a powerful and persuasive senator from 1966 to 1976 and outspoken when it came to his district, even criticizing the television program NBC Huntley-Brinkley Report for a story that he believed unfairly portrayed the county. “I'll never fill my daddy's shoes. That's not possible,” said Floyd.

And though his college days included a minor role as a senator, his time there keeps making its way into the conversation - and into his future. Francis Marion University is where Floyd established lifelong friends who today are currently serving in congress. And if one looks a little deeper the institution seems to harbor one last clue: A bronze statue of Gen. Francis Marion stands in front of Floyd's Alma mater. Inscribed on two plaques at the base of the statue are the names of the university's founders and those who were instrumental in the university's creation. LaNue Floyd is at the top of the list.

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