I am Joe Preston. I am a 37-year-old husband and father. I live on Isle of Palms with my wonderful wife of 15 years, Katie, and our two sons.

Many will say the 2016 election was a huge motivating factor to get them more civically engaged. My story is not very different, but the motivation is different. When I stepped up to the voting booth to cast my ballot, almost every position at the local and state level ran unopposed. When I went back to research why this was the case, I found the only challenges these incumbents faced had been from primary challengers. I found this to be wholly unacceptable. This is why I have decided to run for office in the South Carolina House of Representatives, to give people options so that the selected candidate represents our voices. 

I’d like to begin by telling you a little about me and my family. My wife Katie and I have been married for 15 years and we are the proud parents of two rambunctious 9-year old boys. Prior to becoming parents, Katie and I served as foster parents for children with complex medical needs. Then in 2007, we adopted our boys after struggling through 5 years of failed infertility treatments. The boys have been in our care since 2 days and 6 days old respectively, and every day I am extremely grateful for them.

As for my education and career, I have a high school education with some college. After high school I worked odd jobs, such as retail, door to door sales, and as a manager of a small business. I found myself working much of my adulthood with adults with disabilities and mental processing delays. I helped them with household management and taught them skills in the vocational arena. At age 19 I filled out an application for my local volunteer fire department. I was voted in and spent the next 13 years juggling the demands of my job, my volunteer work, schooling for the fire service, and my family. While in the fire service, I rose through the ranks becoming a Lieutenant in 2001, and finally a Captain in 2008, which put me in command of a group of 25 firefighters and officers. I also had the responsibility of overseeing and directing resources at various types of emergencies, and I chaired the fire department by-laws committee.

I left the fire service in 2011, and moved my family from CT to SC. When we arrived in SC in 2011, I was working 60-hour weeks managing a national brand. Unsatisfied, I decided to go back to school in 2013, for nursing, and became a full-time student/stay at home dad. My GPA after returning is a 3.7. I have also enjoyed coaching my sons' soccer team here on the island for the Recreation Department.

I may lack direct political experience, however, for too long we have been represented by career politicians, special interest groups, and big money lobbyists in our state capital. The current state of corruption is one that is untenable. There needs to be a culture shift in Columbia. We need to take a stand, and tell them we will no longer accept treatment like this from our elected officials. Our voices can and will be heard. This is not my campaign, it belongs to all of us. United, we can be the change we seek.

This will be a long and tough fight. The deck is fully stacked against us. My main opposition has held public office in one form or another for 25-years. The district boundaries have been drawn in such a way that the politicians are choosing who votes for them, rather than we the people choosing our representation. We, together can overcome this overwhelming opposition, and rise to defend the rights of all South Carolinians, including but not limited to ensuring there are an abundance of good jobs, protection for our environment, quality education for our children, rebuilding our roads and bridges, ensuring affordable access to healthcare for all citizens, fixing our broken criminal justice system, and kicking the corruption out of government, including an end to radical gerrymandering.

As you can see, I am just a normal person who wants to do extraordinary things for our state and our district. I have a similar upbringing as most, I don’t come from wealth, I attended public schools. I am you. The ability to send a normal member of the public to sit in the offices of the state capital is one of the things that makes this country great and unique. Nowhere else in the world is anything like that even possible. We can make anything possible. We just need to do it together. I look forward to your support, and I look forward to being your voice.


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  • James Preston endorsed

    “I whole heartedly endorse Joe for representative of South Carolina, not because he's my son, but because he is a no BS kind of person who won't be bought by anyone. Reading about his thoughts on the Charleston area and how to improve the lives of real people who live there, are straight forward and not politically oriented.”

  • Kathleen Hinson endorsed

    “He is one of us. It is time to have a regular common sense citizen in the State House. I am not in his district (wish I was), but I will be donating, because SC needs him.”

  • Thomas J. Starland endorsed

    “I endorse Josef Preston as an elected official not just because of his background, but for three main reasons - he’s not rich, he’s not a lawyer, and he doesn’t work for the Insurance Industry. We have enough of those people serving their special interest now. He has done a great job serving as a leader of the Indivisible Charleston group. It’s time we had some regular “Joes” serving in these offices.”

  • Rose McHale endorsed

    “I endorse Josef Preston because he has worked tirelessly on behalf of preserving our democracy, upholding the Constitution of the United States and for the rights of all people. He will be the voice of the people.”

  • Janice Wald Friedman endorsed

    “I support Josef Preston because, as a founder of Indivisible Charleston, he has shown himself to be a successful and intelligent leader. His values mirror my own, and I believe that, if elected, he will do an outstanding job for his constituents and all citizens of SC.”

April 25, 2017

A New Era of Economic Prosperity in South Carolina

No matter which side of the political aisle you fall on, even if you consider yourself an Independent, the number one issue voters care about, according to a recent Gallop poll, is the economy. To me, this comes as no surprise. The economy is legitimately the glue that holds together and supports the remaining issues. We need to usher in a new era of economic prosperity and participate in the global economy.

There has been a significant economic paradigm shift from the 1950's and 1960's to today. We have transitioned from a manufacturing and agrarian based economy to one based on service. Decent well-paying jobs have been taken away from many good hard working South Carolinians. These jobs have been replaced with robots and microchips. This is generally good for large corporations as they can manufacture on a larger scale for a fraction of the cost. This situation is good for them, and not so good for the average worker.

The same issue occurred on the agricultural side. Farms and farmers were able to cultivate and harvest exponentially more yield at a fraction of the cost. Many farms became more specialized and instead of growing a multitude of crops, they now only grow one or maybe two. This led to smaller farms not making a profit, given the cost of doing business was actually greater than the larger farms. These farmers were ultimately forced to either sell their land or now subcontract to one of the larger corporations and now only grow what they are told they can grow. This has led to the steady decline of our rural communities.  

The transition from a manufacturing/agrarian type economy to the service economy has been abrupt. Individuals, families, and business have struggled to adapt. This is not their fault. Regulations have been slow to change. Other regulations have been implemented without reviewing previous ones. The tax code has not changed fundamentally since 1986. Common sense solutions are required to strengthen our local economy, make government work for the little guy and for us to participate in the global economy of the 21st century.  

Here are a few of my solutions to get South Carolina's and the 112th district economy strong and prosperous:

·         Economic development via green energy. 21st century issues require 21st century solutions. South Carolina has the potential to be an industry leader in the production of green energy infrastructure. We can incentivize these businesses to relocate to our area to manufacture photovoltaic cells and solar panels, turbines for harnessing wind energy, tidal turbines and related infrastructure. These companies can offer good jobs and decent wages to the workers and contribute to the tax base.  We can offer these businesses tax incentives, access to our port for international shipments, and rail access. This creates an atmosphere which allows business and residents to not only make end meet, but allows each to thrive.

·         Encourage the construction of a large indoor farmer’s market. Each of the communities in the district either already has a one day per week farmers market or is considering the development of one. There are also several other one day per week farmer’s markets in the greater Charleston Metro area. The demand is sufficient to support the construction of a larger sized farmers market in the area. This will benefit not only the local growers, it will benefit local bakeries, our fishermen and women, meat producers, artisans, sweetgrass basket-weavers, and any others who wish to participate. This allows them to also tap into the many tourist dollars that currently they are not receiving. Finally, this also has the added benefit of our own children and families having a mostly inexpensive and cost-effective means to meal plan and eat healthier, rather than obtaining their sustenance from the local fast food chain or massive supermarket chain. This reduces the burden on our healthcare industry by attacking the obesity epidemic where it lives, by putting fresher, healthier meals on our kitchen tables.     

·         Support for small business and entrepreneurship. The biggest roadblocks for small business and entrepreneurs has and will always be taxes, regulation, and fees. At the state level, we need to draft and support legislation that strengthens our small businesses, allows them to thrive, and removes stifling regulation and costs that hold them back. This includes providing incentives to the small, family growers to strengthen our rural communities.  Small business and entrepreneurship is the backbone of our economy. The stronger we can make them, the stronger the economy will be. This is the bottom line.

·         Removal of restrictions on casino gaming. Currently, we are excluding a $500 billion dollar per year industry from our state. In states of our population size, where casino gaming is allowed, they are seeing between $300 million and $900 million per year injected back into the state. We can no longer afford to pass up on funds of this size being infused into our state. As a part of this proposal, I suggest we do it carefully and methodically. I do not casinos suddenly popping up everywhere the eye sees. I would propose we allow 3 casinos to be built within the state. One in the upstate, one in the midlands, and one in the Lowcountry. This would boost our already thriving tourist industry and create many good paying jobs.

Everything is cyclical. You cannot talk about the economy without talking about jobs, healthcare, the environment, or education. Every single one of these issues is interlinked. A robust economy that works for everyone, is in the interest of everyone. The changes from the 20th to the 21st century economy were swift, and we need to be able to adapt to these changes in order to make South Carolina a shining example of what can be done on a national scale.

April 19, 2017

Redistricting Reform and Ending Government Corruption

Every time I open my Facebook feed in my phone there is a new story about how someone is in trouble at the statehouse because they are violating well established ethics rules. As we well know, this is an issue that transcends party and politics. We have seen both Democrats and Republican embroiled in scandal, most recently causing one to resign and one to be suspended. The suspension of a Representative hurts not only the individual, it hurts the constituency. They are left silenced and without representation. There has also been talk recently opining if this is a systemic, deep seeded culture at the statehouse, or just a few bad apples. I’m inclined to believe the former rather than the latter. The reason is relatively simple. It isn’t just one or two elected officials. It’s been about a dozen who have been caught, and party affiliation is not exclusive. That is what I would define as a culture of corruption. I don’t wear rose colored glasses. I don’t say this as a partisan. I say this as a concerned taxpayer and citizen of this district who believes fundamental ethics and culture reform is necessitated at the statehouse.

I am inclined to believe that this also plays a part in the radical redistricting known as gerrymandering. Once a politician has the ability to choose his or her voters rather than the voters choosing their representation, this allows a culture of unfettered corruption to thrive. Districts need to be competitive to ensure we are getting the best, brightest, and most passionate people involved in our government. Again, this is an issue that crosses straight through ideology or political party. In states where they have Democratic majorities in their legislatures, you better believe they are fixing the game to make it less competitive for Republican candidates. This isn’t about party affiliation. There is a solution. A pretty easy one at that. A 10 member,  independent, bipartisan redistricting commission equally divided by party affiliation, chosen by both the majority and minority leaders in the house and senate in a conference committee, co-chaired by one republican and one democrat. This is the manner in which this needs to progress moving forward, for all state legislators and federal representative districts.

Government corruption and radical gerrymandering should not be tolerated in any electorate. South Carolina can and should be the shining example of how we take a broken system and apply the fixes necessary to get government working again.

April 19, 2017

Shoring up our Healthcare System and Addressing the Opioid Epidemic

Healthcare is life or death. It comes as no surprise that this issue is hotly debated in various circles, regardless of political ideology. One part of this issue that needs to be addressed at the onset is that the words “insurance” and “care” are not synonymous. The first is a market driven initiative based upon risk from which profit is derived. Care is much more complex and involves provision of what is necessary to maintain wellness and health. Much of what is legislated regarding health insurance and care is done at the federal level. There is an equally important role state governments play concerning health costs and providing access to affordable coverage.  

These are some ways at the state level we can begin to ensure proper coverage and access to all the residents of the 112th district and the State of South Carolina:

·         Incentivize health and wellness. Currently hospitals receive funding in a manner similar to that of the hotel and resort industry. The more people fill up their beds and rooms, the more funding they receive. This methodology of doing business is fundamentally flawed. We keep costs down, reduce the strain on employers, and keep people living better for longer when we can incentivize and promote wellness. If hospitals and healthcare institutions reduce the amount of recidivism into the system, It puts and keeps money in the pocket of the average taxpayer. This only makes sense no matter which side of the aisle one sits.

·         Addressing the opioid epidemic. Whether one wishes to admit it or not, this nation has an opioid problem. This state is not immune from the epidemic. We need to make Naloxone (brand name Narcan) available to every single first responder on the street. We need to revise the laws to make LPNs and RNs able to administer this drug when they suspect an opioid overdose without having a written physicians order in place prior. Community health and addiction services centers should have this drug available to administer on the premises at all times. Naloxone by itself is not an answer. It simply saves the life of an individual who overdoses. It is not a miracle tincture. Addiction services available to people who have experienced an overdose, who are at risk for overdose, and those just wishing to straighten out their lives and remedy their addiction should be afforded this care at a low or no cost. The cost of incarcerating these people is significantly higher than affording them treatment. It is also the moral obligation of a citizenry to help our fellow (wo)man.

·         Expansion of Medicaid. This is a very hotly contested topic, and has its supporters and decorators on both sides of the argument. My position is somewhere in the middle.  At current if an individual earns just less than $15,000 a year, that person earns too much to qualify for Medicaid. That’s a travesty. If this person has a $1,000 per month rent, they have just $3,000 annually left to keep the lights on, pay water and sewer tax, pay for food, etc. At the end, they are left with nothing to pay for health coverage. This just isn’t right. I propose taking a systemic, utilitarian, tiered approach to getting these individuals covered in the Medicaid “gap”. I first propose to raise annual eligibility income to $18,000 for the first year. Then raising income eligibility by $4,000 per year until the gap has been filled in. The reason for this is to see exactly how many individuals who are eligible will obtain coverage, and since the federal government supplements Medicaid at 90% reimbursement, it isn’t one big hit to the federal budget. This also gives us time and ability to make adjustments as necessary depending on what happens at the federal level.

·         Provide affordable access to coverage. This is the starting off from point. Access should never be equated with coverage, because for so many, access by itself is cost prohibitive. Increasing availability increases competition in the marketplace. This drives down cost. This is another win-win for both sides of the equation because the insurance companies have increased competition which in turn benefits the consumer by driving down rates.

A wise man once said to me “it doesn’t matter who is right, what matters is what is right”. This is the approach I take to healthcare. This can and needs to be done on a bipartisan basis. Again, this is a complex issue with many moving parts, and entities entangled within. What we have to do is start seeing the forest for the trees and stop equating coverage with care. Each is mutually exclusive. Many plans currently offered do not have much care built in. Care is not dependent on having coverage. No one side of the debate has the panacea for healthcare. We need to work together on a bipartisan solution that benefits all South Carolinians.

April 19, 2017

Reforming our broken Criminal Justice System

It’s not a very well-kept secret that our current criminal justice system is not working. It directly targets people based on socioeconomic status, race, religion, ethnicity, and national origin. As a matter of fact, although we only have less than 5% of the world’s population, we house more than 25% of all incarcerated citizens in the world. Marginalized and disadvantaged populations currently make up a majority of our prison population. These groups are susceptible to increased recidivism because the current system is purely punitive, rather than rehabilitation focused. We can begin immediately by decriminalizing minor drug offenses such as possession of small amounts of marijuana. We need to stop the revolving door that has become our prison system, but the issue does not begin or end there.

As a former firefighter, I have first-hand experience working with the great men and women of our law enforcement community. The work they do is undeniably some of the most difficult, stressful, and rewarding. They deserve our unending support. A significant majority are very hard working, fair, and committed to the law as it is written, not in how it should be interpreted. We need to take this from a majority to an unanimity. Through training, more stringent hiring practices, community input, and the use of technology we can make sure our great police officers stay great, and are recognized as such.

The community is last step toward reforming our criminal justice system. Many who are released from the prison system are unprepared, and ill equipped to re-enter the community. We need to work with local municipalities, faith-based initiatives, and community groups to provide assistance with transitioning from the prison system back to the community. These individuals should have an opportunity to receive vocational training, education, and support they require to again become functional contributing members of our society. This reduces recidivism and decreases our prison population in the long term.

Reforming our system is not only the humane thing to do. It makes sense financially to the taxpayer. If we aren’t emboldening the current system to bleed our pockets dry, we can reapportion these funds to community solutions and rehabilitation. Ultimately, the cost savings we will see at the state level will put the money back into the pockets of the taxpayer. Reforming our system is the fiscally responsible thing to do.

April 19, 2017

Transportation and Infrastructure

Being a full time island resident, during the months of April through September, getting on and off the island to run errands, visit friends off island, and or attend an event takes strategy, creativity, and a healthy amount of luck. Changes are most necessary. Unfortunately, there is not a one size fits all solution to this issue. There has been rapid development in Mount Pleasant, and there are 3 communities involved. I propose working with the elected officials with each community and working with CARTA to establish park and ride areas and shuttle services, and securing the necessary funding from the state government to bring this and any other solutions to fruition. 

Traffic is also an issue elsewhere in this district. As a matter of fact, it has become an issue across the entire metro area. The Charleston Metro area is currently experiencing what can be determined as no less than explosive growth. As of the 2010 decennial census, there were 664,607 people living in the area. As of 2016 there were an estimated 761,155 people residing in the area. That’s an increase of 14.53% or 96,548 people. If current trends hold, there will be 825,520 residents in the area by 2020. This represents a total population increase of 160,913 in just 10 short years. Our current infrastructure cannot handle the current population. An increase of this magnitude will push it completely beyond the usable limits which it was designed to accommodate.  

The best, most efficient, and cost effective way of updating our infrastructure to meet the demands of such explosive growth and meet the needs of a 21st century economy is to increase the availability of mass transit. We have the building blocks of a mass transit system already established in the area. We need to take the next step. A light rail system to connect the peninsula area with the outer-lying communities is the solution that makes sense. It is cost effective to build and maintain new rail facilities and the infrastructure that comes along with a light rail system. It has the benefits of cutting down on vehicle-producing polluting emissions, cuts down on the amount of time people are required to spend in traffic, cuts down on road closures in bottleneck areas, and can provide a reliable link directly to the largest employers in the region.

The infrastructure we have in place must adapt to meet the needs of the explosive growth and increasing demands. I will work not only with local elected officials, but I will work diligently in the statehouse with other Representatives and State Senators, regardless of party, to ensure proper funding and oversight of any infrastructure projects to safeguard against inefficiencies, and guarantee that your tax dollars are being used to their maximum efficacy. 

April 19, 2017

Supporting and defending our environment

Living here, we are blessed to be surrounded by the natural beauty the area has to offer. From the coniferous forests, just away from the coast, to the maritime forests of our barrier islands, and of course our beautiful sandy shores on the North Atlantic. They are the reason so many are flocking here from around the world to vacation. They are the reason the area is always listed in travel magazines as being a must visit vacation destination. They are the reason many from across the nation relocate to the area. Protecting these natural resources not only makes us good curators of our planet and guardians of their beauty, it is in the best interest of our economy to defend, conserve, and protect this environment.  

From the statehouse, the best ways to achieve the protection our area deserves are as follows:

·         Municipal Autonomy. The fact of the matter is that an assemblyman or assemblywoman in the statehouse from the Midlands or Upstate does not have a full grasp of the challenges and full effect of decisions made in the general assembly, and how they impact our area. The people best equipped to make decisions about our local area are the local governments and elected officials.  The most recent case of this was the “plastic bag ban”. Closely reading this legislation reveals it had nothing to do with plastic bags, but was a bill designed to remove authority and autonomy from local governments and preserve the authority at the statehouse. This is fundamentally flawed, and just doesn’t make good sense. We need to empower our municipal governments, not usurp their autonomy.

·         Investment and encouragement of Green Energy. Not only does this make sense in attracting more jobs, for similar reasons it makes sense from the conservation standpoint. The more we transition state owned buildings, public schools, mass transit systems, and encourage homeowners to convert to the use of renewable energy to meet their electricity and fuel demands, the less we pollute and damage our environment.  It is also the fiscally responsible thing to do. The State, school districts, and regional transportation authorities will spend less taxpayer monies covering their electricity, fuel, heating and air-conditioning needs. This savings can then be either reallocated toward other state or local needs, or can be passed on to the taxpayer in the form of tax savings. For the homeowner, we can provide incentives beyond ones that are currently available, transitioning homes from energy consumers to energy producers.

·         Protection of our coastal waters. There has and will continue to be much debate over whether it is in our local, state, and national interest to begin the process of exploring and extracting any petroleum products from the Atlantic Coastal Shelf. I am opposed to any such exploration or extraction. The risks greatly outweigh the benefits. First, an oil derrick or two which may be visible from our beaches is an eyesore. This takes away from the beauty of the area. Second, should any type of incident involving the spillage of petroleum products occur off our coast, the economic impacts will be devastating. There will be the cost of cleanup, which many will argue will be at the expense of the drilling company, however, there are ancillary impacts as well. The container ships which frequent our ports would be subsequently rerouted to other ports, as they cannot sail through an oil slick. This impacts local businesses supported by the ports, it impacts other state businesses who receive goods through the container ships of the port, and it increases the cost of doing business if it takes longer for items to come in, or shipped items need to be rerouted through other transportation needs. This is just the impact felt on behalf of the port. There will be impact to the tourism industry, fishing industry, and marine wildlife, just to name a few. Third, there is already a better way of generating electricity and fuel that has been identified. Renewables achieve the goal of energy independence and energy choice without the added risks of fossil fuels or petroleum products. Renewables aren’t just the future, they’re the present.

·         Expanding the use of mass transit. If you look at my positions on how we can supplement and expand our current transportation and infrastructure system, it should be clear that this plan will have a net positive effect on the environment and our pocketbook. A higher usage of mass transit and the use of fuel efficient technologies to provide that transportation, cuts down on CO2 and other pollution related emissions that are released into our atmosphere. 

In short, transitioning from fossil fuels to renewable energy is the fiscally conservative thing to do, while providing protection to the environment, and adding the benefit of individual municipalities retaining their autonomy. It’s really a win-win all the way around. 

 

April 19, 2017

Bringing South Carolina Schools back from the bottom

A quality public education is the cornerstone upon which the foundation for success in life is derived. This is a fundamental right that should be afforded to all students, regardless of background, socioeconomic status, or zip code. At current, our statehouse is failing our children and young adults. South Carolina ranks dead last in education in the United States. We need to prepare our students for success in post-secondary education. This is an issue which I take personally. I have two small children who are currently receiving an education in the South Carolina Public School system. To say I’m invested in education would be an understatement. I am also cognizant of the fact that we cannot solve these problems simply by just throwing more money at them and hoping they’ll fix themselves. There is no magic, silver bullet that will fix our education system. These issues didn’t manifest overnight, and will not be fixed overnight.

Einstein is famously quoted as saying “the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over, while expecting a different result”. The current state of the education system in South Carolina personifies this definition. To make things better and start our public education system back on the path to prosperity will involve a systemic, multifaceted approach. It will require the federal, state, and local governments working in tandem to provide adequate funding and oversight.

Here are some of my suggestions on how we strengthen our education system:

·         Hire more teachers and pay them a competitive wage to reduce classroom size and ensure the best and brightest are teaching our students. Studies have shown that once a student to teacher ratio drops below 20:1 that students perform better and achieve higher standardized test scores.

·         Supporting STEM-A focused curriculum. Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Arts education provide the best opportunity for our students to transition to post-secondary education and ultimately makes them better citizens once they transition into the workforce.

·         Bring back the trades. Students who struggle academically need to be prepared to transition to the workforce immediately after high school. It is incumbent upon us to provide these students with the necessary tools to ensure their success. Woodworking, metal working, CNC – AutoCAD, Autobody and repair, small engine repair, auto mechanic, and welding trades should be offered to our students to ensure the smoothest of transitions into the workforce.

·         Support municipal autonomy. Most local school districts know best what are items of most concern and ultimately are the best equipped to fix issues once they arise, as they are the folks on the front lines.

·         Make two year colleges and technical schools tuition free. The last thing a student needs once they graduate from one of these institutions is crushing debt. As these students enter the workforce, they immediately begin contributing to the tax base as well. Attending post-secondary education tuition free should come with a couple of prerequisites:

o   First, that the student stay in state for the length of time they attended post-secondary education tuition free, to keep those tax dollars in South Carolina. Should they move, they will be responsible for paying back the state of South Carolina for any remaining tuition payments.

o   Second, if a student does not graduate, they have and additional two years to graduate from the institution, or they will be responsible to pay any tuition funds used at the institution.

As said previously, there is no magic bullet to fix our education system. However, these approaches will start to close the gap in education and get our state and district back on the path to prosperity and progress.

April 19, 2017

My position on building and creating Jobs in South Carolina

Jobs. Good, high quality, well-paying jobs are the lynchpin around which, everything else is tied into. Fixing our broken roads and bridges and alleviating our traffic burden creates jobs. Investing in our children’s future, providing a high-quality education, so they are prepared to enter a 21st century workforce creates jobs. Lessening the grip of the fossil fuel industry and moving forward with green energy creates jobs. Creating a healthcare system that incentivizes wellness and is focused on the patient rather than profits creates more jobs in the healthcare industry. This is not the totality of the solution however.

We need to attract industry and manufacturing to our area by providing tax incentives and establish South Carolina as a business-friendly state. With a high-quality education system, we can show these businesses that we are equipped with the personnel to effectively manage and provide a high skilled labor force that they require. Fossil fuels are dependent upon possessing the fuels in our area, and when there is an incident involving these fuels it can be catastrophic. Green energy does not have this requirement or danger. The sun is everywhere, tidal energy can be created right off our shores, geothermal energy is available right below our feet.

For example: Photovoltaic cells that harness the suns energy are cheaper to manufacture now than at any other point in the history of this technology. South Carolina has the ability to become the world’s leading manufacturer of solar panels.

We can create the environment in which we have some of the nation’s best and most lucrative industries. South Carolina has the potential to become the national example of what can be done to attract and keep the best jobs in the nation

April 16, 2017

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  • James Preston endorsed

    “I whole heartedly endorse Joe for representative of South Carolina, not because he's my son, but because he is a no BS kind of person who won't be bought by anyone. Reading about his thoughts on the Charleston area and how to improve the lives of real people who live there, are straight forward and not politically oriented.”

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    “He is one of us. It is time to have a regular common sense citizen in the State House. I am not in his district (wish I was), but I will be donating, because SC needs him.”

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    “I endorse Josef Preston as an elected official not just because of his background, but for three main reasons - he’s not rich, he’s not a lawyer, and he doesn’t work for the Insurance Industry. We have enough of those people serving their special interest now. He has done a great job serving as a leader of the Indivisible Charleston group. It’s time we had some regular “Joes” serving in these offices.”

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    “I endorse Josef Preston because he has worked tirelessly on behalf of preserving our democracy, upholding the Constitution of the United States and for the rights of all people. He will be the voice of the people.”

  • Janice Wald Friedman endorsed

    “I support Josef Preston because, as a founder of Indivisible Charleston, he has shown himself to be a successful and intelligent leader. His values mirror my own, and I believe that, if elected, he will do an outstanding job for his constituents and all citizens of SC.”