My First Concern is the Needs of my Constituents By GLENN REESE
In 25 years of service as one of the 46 senators representing the people of South Carolina, I have worked to make government as efficient and productive as possible in the areas of business, industry and education. However, experience has taught me that answering the needs of my constituents is the most important task that I have as a senator.
It has been a very humbling and rewarding experience to help the people of the 11th District in South Carolina find solutions to problems that are unimaginable and sometimes seemingly unsolvable. If given the opportunity by the people to serve my district again, I intend to continue to help my fellow citizens tear down the bureaucratic walls that hide the answers to their problems. For 25 years, I have prided myself on the motto of 'When you need help, please call.' That slogan will continue to be a pillar of my service for the next four years.
As a former high school science teacher, education has and always will be at the top of my agenda in the Senate. It should be the main priority of the elected leaders of our state to work together to reduce the dropout rate to single digits.
This can be done by having administrators, teachers and the leaders of our state incorporate goal setting and career planning into every child's academic curriculum. In addition, all South Carolina students should learn life skills and have physical education as a key piece of the foundation of their educational experience.
To promote schools that work, our state should act with a sense of urgency in attracting, retaining and rewarding the best teachers by keeping the dollars spent on education in the classroom. Our goals should revolve around the students by keeping class sizes small to promote learning and giving our children access to top-notch technology in their classrooms.
In addition to continuing to focus on constituent service and education, I vow that my service in the Senate will continue to be guided by the following principles:
(1) To keep a lid on spending and taxes.
(2) To fully support the law enforcement officers of our state.
(3) To promote a positive business environment without government barriers that prevent successful economic growth.
(4) To work for affordable health care solutions for all people.
(5) To keep roads safe by working with local and state transportation officials.
(6) To work with elected officials at all levels to ensure that our area and our state continue to make the progress that has allowed us to live in one of the better areas in the nation.
I am again asking for your vote on November 8, 2016, for re-election to the S.C. Senate. I promise to never take my responsibility lightly. I am always available to hear your ideas and suggestions to make government work for you. With your help, I hope to continue to serve as 'Your Voice in Columbia.'