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McCoy Focuses on Crime, Jobs

By Allyson Bird
The Post and Courier
Saturday, September 18, 2010

When Peter McCoy knocks on doors in his campaign for State House District 115, he finds that people want to talk about his job.

A criminal prosecutor in the 9th Circuit Solicitor's Office, McCoy, a Republican, said he hears about the sheriff's deputy shot on James Island in January, the usual burglaries and the underlying concern.

"Home is the one place where you should feel safe," he said, adding that he can bring to the Legislature an understanding of how the criminal justice process works.

McCoy sees neighborhood associations and crime watch groups as a grass-roots approach to reducing crime.

That issue falls second only to jobs. Before he went to law school, McCoy worked for the now-closed Barton & Burwell fishing supplier and says those small businesses need tax breaks more than the mega-companies the state is courting.

"They're taxed too much, and they don't have incentive to hire anybody," he said. McCoy said reducing unemployment means both recruiting more Boeing-size industries and taking care of mom-and-pop stores.

A James Island resident, McCoy also campaigns on the success of James Island Charter High School and his concern that only a fraction of funding set aside per pupil reaches those students.

"I think it's important to bring the educational needs back to the actual child," McCoy said. "If it's allotted for the child, why is it not getting there?"