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Prosecutor & Conservative Republican Peter McCoy Announces Run for State House

Monday, February 22, 2010

James Island, SC - Dedicated Public Servant Committed to Protecting Our South Carolina Values, Assistant 9th Circuit Solicitor Peter McCoy announced today that he is running for South Carolina's 115th House of Representative seat.

"After receiving widespread support and encouragement from family, friends, and elected officials, I have decided to become the Republican candidate to represent James Island and Folly Beach in the State House," McCoy said.

McCoy told supporters that he wants to continue his public service by fighting to reduce crime, promote smart growth, improve education, create jobs, and end wasteful government spending.

"I look forward to using the next nine months listening to the concerns of my fellow South Carolinians and spreading my message of conservative-based reform and real solutions to our state's problems."

"One of my top priorities will be to fight wasteful spending. The people of James Island and Folly Beach need someone who will work to balance the budget and lower taxes," said McCoy.

A signer of the SCAT's Taxpayers Protection Pledge to not vote for legislation that would increase taxes, McCoy added, "South Carolina taxpayers need a transparent state government, so they can know where their hard-earned tax-dollars are being spent... and not overspent."

McCoy's campaign has had a very successful month of fundraising. Campaign Treasurer Steve Schmutz added, "Raising $40k in 40 days has been a great start to our fundraising efforts. The wide range of financial support shows that Peter's leadership is recognized and appreciated by small businesses and working families from all across the state."

In addition to the financial support, Peter has received the endorsements of several elected officials and Republican leaders, including: Charleston County Coroner Rae Wooten, State Representative Chip Limehouse, Charleston County Councilman Paul Thurmond, Charleston City Councilman Tim Mallard, Charleston City Councilman Mike Seekings, Charleston City Councilman Blake Hallman, James Island Town Councilman Joe Qualey, South Carolina Conservative Carroll Campbell, former U.S. Attorney Bart Daniel, and former S.C. Attorney General Charlie Condon.

Citing her support of McCoy's campaign, Charleston County Coroner Rae Wooten said, "I have known Peter for a long time. He is a true public servant, whose compassion and work-ethic are admirable. The residents of James Island and Folly Beach would be privileged to have Peter working hard for them in Columbia.

Speaker of the House Bobby Harrell added, "From his career as a public servant keeping our families safe, Peter McCoy is a proven, young leader. He will be a new, tough Lowcountry leader and a refreshing addition to the Republicans in office."