House District 115 on James Island/Folly Beach

James Island’s first-term incumbent Republican Peter McCoy faces petition candidate Carol Tempel on Tuesday in a House District 115 race covering the coastal areas of James Island and Folly Beach.

Tempel stresses the connection between education and jobs. She supports statewide early childhood education for 3- and 4-year-olds, such as pre-school. Also, she advocates more apprenticeship and tech school-type opportunities. She recognizes the additional costs for such expanses but said education leads to jobs.

Tempel said she does not advocate the current plan for completing I-526 across Johns and James islands, saying the matter needs more study and community input.

McCoy points to the high review marks he’s received from pro-business groups as proof he is making his way past being a freshman legislator.

One bill he plans to file again, if re-elected, is to have a tax-free holiday on the weekend before the start of hurricane season to encourage people to be prepared.

McCoy supports charter school education and backs completion of 526 to help ease congestion.

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