Special elections generally produce low turnouts. But eligible voters in District 42 shouldn’t miss their chance to choose a new state senator Tuesday. We recommend Democrat Marlon Kimpson as a well-qualified successor to Robert Ford, who resigned the seat in May under a cloud of ethics charges.
Mr. Kimpson, who won a primary runoff last month by a large margin, is making his first run for elective office in a district that includes parts of downtown Charleston, North Charleston and West Ashley. But the Columbia native, a graduate of Morehouse College and the University of South Carolina School of Law, has a wide-ranging background, and has long been active in public life.
This son of educators told us he has a deep commitment to improving South Carolina’s public schools as an essential economic mission. He rightly emphasizes the need for a “stable source of funding” for public education: “I’m concerned about public education funding being tied to revenue sources that could be cyclical.” Read more ›
The following letter was sent from the South Carolina Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers
September 11, 2013
Dear Mr. Kimpson,
It is with great pleasure that the National Association of Social Workers, SC Chapter, endorses you for the State Senate, District 42. Our Political Action for Campaign Election (PACE) committee is impressed by your stance on the need for Medicaid Expansion to help the thousands of South Carolinians in need of affordable healthcare, many of whom are the clients that social workers serve. We are also encouraged by your support of diversity and your determination to fight for our environment. These are issues that must be at the forefront of our Legislature’s agenda, but they are too often pushed aside. We are hopeful that you will be a strong voice on these matters. Read more ›
Today, former candidate for SC Senate District 42 Margaret Rush endorsed Marlon Kimpson in the Democratic run-off on August 27th. Rush missed earning a spot in the run-off herself by only a few dozen votes.
Today, Rush made the following statement:
“I am today endorsing the candidacy of Marlon Kimpson as the Democratic nominee for Senate District 42. I have had ample opportunity over the past few months to analyze and observe Marlon’s approach to service in the District, and I am confident that the issues that I am concerned about will be addressed through his election. He has assured me that he will follow through on those issues of importance, and it is based on that assurance that I am happy to endorse him. It is my intention to vote for and support Marlon, and I encourage my supporters to do the same,” Rush said.
Kimpson said the endorsement is great news for his surging campaign.
“Mrs. Rush ran an extremely strong campaign. She is very respected by the voters of this district. Her endorsement is huge for us and I am honored to have it. I look forward to campaigning with her and talking with voters in the district about public education and health care for all,” Kimpson said.