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Dear Friends,

Over the past few months, I have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of encouragement for me to run for re-election for the South Carolina House of Representatives, District 39. After many weeks of prayerful consideration and discussions with family and friends, I have decided to seek re-election.

As many of you know, I suffered a traumatic injury 15 years ago at the age of 24. That accident left me paralyzed and had a profound effect on my outlook on life. Make no mistake, the days and weeks that I laid in the hospital bed, unable to move my legs, were the darkest days of my life. Yet faith, and support from so many of you, allowed me to overcome the physical limitations and emotional scars left that day. That life changing event taught me about the fragility of our existence, the resolve of the human spirit, and the necessity to live without regret – to give everything in all we do, to speak with sincerity in our hearts, and to live for the betterment of the people around us.

It is from these experiences in which I view our small corner of our state and see a need for a legislator who will fight to lower our taxes, limit the size and scope of government, eliminate wasteful spending, protect our second amendment rights, end the burdensome regulations on our small business owners, and, most importantly, bring meaningful representation to the citizens of Lexington and Saluda Counties.

Achieving these goals will not be easy, yet it can be done. It will require the dedication, steadfastness, and perseverance of a fighter; not a politician. I am that fighter capable of bringing about the conservative change we need. 

I ask for your support and prayers in this great challenge.


Sunday, February 17, 2019 7:06 PM

2019 Statehouse Report #5

Legislative Update
Week 6

Education reform was once again in the forefront this week. As always, I am grateful and pleased with all of the comments I have received from our community on fixing this issue. We are working hard on both sides of the aisle to make this comprehensive reform bill the best it can be for our students and teachers.

Friday, February 15, 2019 4:38 PM

Bonus Update 2019 Education bill H.3759

This is a long read, but an interesting one about the proposed education bill (H.3759) . As you read this keep an open mind. Nothing is set in stone, this bill can be amended to better suit the students here in SC. Even if you don't have children or grandchildren the SC education has an effect on your future. The children of today will be the leaders of tomorrow. SC students are without a doubt the most precious resource
that we have. It's incumbent upon us to make sure that they receive thebest education possible.

Monday, February 11, 2019 10:37 AM

2019 Statehouse Report #5

Legislative Update
Week 5

We are now over a month into the legislative session and I am very pleased with the progress being made. In the next few weeks, I expect to see developments with the education reform bill, a plan for reforming the tax system and an outline for next year’s budget. I am excited and prepared to keep working hard for you and the best interests of all South Carolinians.

Monday, February 4, 2019 8:06 AM

2019 Statehouse Report #4

Legislative Update
Week 4

This week several different groups made trips to the State House. It was great to be able to meet with each of them and discuss many of the important issues that we’re dealing with this session. On Tuesday, teachers from across the state came to talk about teacher pay, fewer mandatory tests and ideas to allow them more time to teach. UofSC impact day was on Wednesday when students visited the Higher Education Subcommittee to discuss issues important to colleges and technical schools. We also welcomed EMT’s, the National Guard and high school students this week as well.

Sunday, January 27, 2019 1:05 PM

2019 Statehouse Report #3

Legislative Update
2019 Week 3

Working closely with Gov. Henry McMaster, leaders in the House and Senate promised to be bold this legislative session, and this week showed just how serious they are. The Governor devoted almost one-third of his entire State of the State speech to the need to find solutions to our outdated education system. On top of that, House Speaker Jay Lucas released a comprehensive education reform package. (More on that later.)

As the legislative session moves along it is apparent that the overarching themes will be education and tax reform. One of my top priorities is to be a steward of the taxpayer’s dollar and my goal is to make sure the tax code is the best it can be for South Carolinians.

The House Tax Reform Committee continued its work this week and is working hard on how to best overhaul SC’s tax structure with the goal to create a fairer and lower tax burden on individuals and businesses.

Forrest For House
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