EDITOR’S NOTE: The Post and Courier plans to profile all 18 Republican and Democratic 1st Congressional District candidates by the March 19 primaries. This is the 11th installment.
Birth date: March 10, 1961Education: Attended Queens College and the College of Charleston.Occupation: President, Moffly Construction and Real Estate.Previous offices held: Charleston County School Board (2010-present)Family: Married, David; four children.Why I’m running: “I’m running as an advocate for District 1. For me, it’s about constituent service and learning who I work for. I do understand large, centralized government bureaucracies are eroding our freedoms and bankrupting our country.”Proudest accomplishment: “I love my family and am proud they’re supportive of my advocacy for the general population.”Contact information: mofflyforcongress.com; email@example.com; 843-296-6937.
BY ROBERT BEHRE
March 19: Republican and Democratic primariesApril 2: Primary runoff (if needed)May 7: Special election
Elizabeth Moffly’s entrance into politics took root after a lively conversation following a PTA meeting — one that led her husband to get out of their car and slam the door.
Moments before, the mother of four had been voicing her displeasure with mandates at her 10th grader’s school.
As her husband left her alone in the car, she recalled, “He asked me, ‘What are you going to do about it?’”
Her answer ultimately would lead to her waging two unsuccessful campaigns for S.C. Superintendent of Education and a successful bid in 2010 for a Charleston County School Board seat.
Today, Moffly is one of 16 Republicans setting her sights on the 1st Congressional District seat vacated when Tim Scott was appointed to the U.S. Senate.
“It’s random, but you do things because you’re upset,” Moffly said of her political involvement, “and you’ve got something today and nobody is doing anything about it.”
If Moffly began her political career because of frustration with schools, she has fed it with frustration with Congress. “I just see a lot of things going wrong with
If Moffly began her political career because of frustration with schools, she has fed it with frustration with Congress. “I just see a lot of things going wrong with what is going on in Congress,” she said.
If elected, she said she would push to audit each federal agency and focus on core functions like national defense and infrastructure. She also would push to bring more free enterprise and competition into the nation’s health care system.
She also said her approach would be less, not more. “Laws are made for honest people,” she said. “More laws only make it harder for honest people to get something done.”
She said she believes in term limits.
Moffly said her knowledge of education sets her apart from the GOP field, though she has not advocated abolishing the U.S. Department of Education, like some of her primary opponents have.
She said she dislikes RINOs (Republicans in Name Only), but she broke ranks in 2006 to endorse Democratic superintendent candidate Jim Rex, who ultimately beat Republican Karen Floyd.
Moffly noted she has Scotch-Irish roots that make her independent, and she was upset that then Gov. Mark Sanford (who is now one of her 15 primary opponents) endorsed Floyd. She called the move “a punch in the nose.”
Henry Copeland, an outspoken critic of the Charleston County School Board, said he supports Moffly, in part because she has done her homework in her current school board role and partly because she’s female — like the Democratic frontrunner, Elizabeth Colbert Busch.
“I think we need a woman in Congress,” Copeland said. “I can’t think of anything better than seeing two Elizabeths in the final election.”
Moffly said being a woman does give her a different perspective. “If it wasn’t for the women of this party, there wouldn’t be a party,” she said.
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