Celebrating Our Country’s History

As we celebrate the anniversary of our independence today, it is clear that our traditions may look very different this year. Some people are separated from family and friends and others won’t be able to attend their usual large group festivities of barbecues and fireworks that have been a hallmark of this holiday.

The way we celebrate this year, however, does not take away that today is a time to remember that our country was founded on the ideals of freedom, liberty and justice for all. We also must recognize that those ideals that we treasure as a country have not been equally bestowed on all citizens of our country. We must work harder to make sure that the American Dream is truly a reality for everyone.

I am honored to celebrate today as a first-time candidate for public office for SC House 123 (Hilton Head and Daufuskie). Running for this office has been an incredible experience so far and I want to thank all of you for your generous support and kind words of encouragement.

I witnessed both my father and my daughter become citizens of this country – proudly holding up the flag – and citing the Oath of Allegiance. Along with the rights of citizenship, comes the responsibility of citizenship including participating in our electoral process by voting in every election. On this Fourth of July, I ask you to look around and make sure that everyone you encounter is registered to vote.

Happy Fourth of July.