Gov. McMaster stumps in Florence, stresses safety and economic development

April 16, 2018

Florence Morning News
By: Matthew Christian

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FLORENCE, S.C. – Gov. Henry McMaster and his running mate – Pamela Evette, a businesswoman from Travelers Rest – made a campaign stop Monday evening in Florence at a meeting of the Florence County Republican Women and the Florence County Republican Party at the Floyd Conference Center.

After being introduced by Mal Weatherly, chair of the Florence County Republican Party, and receiving a standing ovation from those present, McMaster began his speech by outlining his connection to the Florence and the Pee Dee region.

“Thank you very much,” McMaster said. “Now I need to point out that my momma was born on Cherokee Road, Ida Dargan. The Dargans go way back in this county.”

McMaster listed several cousins still living in Florence. The building McMaster gave his speech in, the Floyd Center, is named after another cousin, Eddie Floyd.

“We’re all over the place,” he said. “It’s just great. And my daddy’s family: Daddy’s father was from Winnsboro, and his momma was from Williamsburg County, but they moved here, and so my daddy was born here as well. And so Momma and Daddy being born here, I’m totally qualified.”

Soon enough, McMaster turned his speech to two areas of emphasis on his campaign: economic development and safety.

On economic development, McMaster said he hopes to lower taxes and lessen regulations. He believes the economic growth under Presidents Ronald Reagan and Donald Trump prove that lowering taxes and lessening regulation creates a healthy economy that, in turn, improves the quality of life. Marriages, he says, increase. Divorces and drug use go down. The mention of Trump also drew applause from those present…

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