COLUMBIA — Declaring he’ll bring common-sense solutions to Washington, Preston Brittain recently filed his Statement of Candidacy to enter the Democratic Primary for the new 7th Congressional District seat.
Brittain said he joined the race because the politicians in Columbia and Washington who got America into this mess have proven they are incapable of solving the problems they created.
“I’m running for Congress because yesterday’s answers are not solving today’s problems,” Brittain said. “Career politicians have refused to make the tough decisions and just kicked the can down the road.”
The new 7th District covers eight counties in the Pee Dee and Grand Strand regions of South Carolina. The region has felt the effects of the economic downturn — unemployment and poverty are higher than in the rest of the state.
“I will get people back to work in the 7th District by rewarding employers who bring jobs back from overseas and small businesses that hire new workers. But we must build I-73 and dredge the Port of Georgetown so that we have the infrastructure to support these new jobs,” Brittain said.
Brittain is a third-generation Horry County resident who went through Horry County Public Schools. He says that the best way to reduce unemployment is to demand a stronger education system.
“An investment in education is an investment in more jobs, a stronger economy, and a better future for the 7th District,” Brittain said. “I’m appalled that while our education system is falling behind and college is getting more expensive, Congress is talking about reducing college grants and cutting education funding.”
Brittain is an attorney and first-time candidate who promises that he will shake things up in Washington by working to reduce unemployment in the district and not focusing on political gamesmanship in Congress.
“I’m tired of the partisanship that’s holding us back,” Brittain said. “We must move in a new direction or we’ll be in even deeper trouble.”