Three Republicans are vying for the House District 117 seat that includes Berkeley and Charleston counties.
The candidates are:
--Bill Crosby, 72, a retired MeadWestvaco process-control supervisor who served for 12 years on Berkeley County Council.
--Jimmy Hinson, 63, a math teacher and Berkeley County School Board member.
--Jermaine Husser, 36, executive director of the Lowcountry Food Bank, in his first bid for public office.
--The Democrats aren't fielding a candidate in the June 8 primary. There is no incumbent because the seat is being vacated by GOP state Rep. Tim Scott.
Crosby boasts experience and community roots. He is a former Goose Creek Recreation Department chairman and a former chairman of the Charleston Area Transportation Study Policy Committee.
"I want to serve the people of District 117," Crosby said. "I've served them for over 40 years. I feel like we need experienced and mature people in office in Columbia because the young ones haven't been doing very well."
He's focusing on three issues:
--Changing the tax code to help small businesses grow.
--Creating jobs that pay more than the median income level.
--Improving the high school graduation rate.
Hinson has been an educator for 40 years, including as a school principal. He was elected to the school board in 2006 on a platform of cutting spending.
"As I've walked around, there is no question there are elderly people who … have to make a choice between medicine and taxes," Hinson said. "I want to serve those people and come up with some ways to help them. I've proved myself on the school board. We've had tremendous cuts from the central office staff, and yet Berkeley County has not furloughed any teachers or cut salaries."
He's focusing on four issues:
--Creating jobs by attracting new industries and helping existing businesses grow.
--Comprehensive planning for better roads.
--Government restructuring for more accountability.
--Education reform for more equitable funding, accountability and classroom successes.
Husser has been with the Food Bank 13 years and has been executive director since 2005.
"I am running because as an average citizen of South Carolina, I have grown deeply concerned over the lack of accountability of leadership and wasteful spending in our General Assembly," Husser said. "I hope to be a small part of a grass-roots movement to help transform the culture in Columbia, to promote serving the taxpayers and business community first."
He said he will work for three goals:
--Support small businesses by cutting the state income tax and capping the costs of business licensing to encourage entrepreneurs.
--Balance the budget, including an audit of every state agency to identify waste.
--More transparency, including legislators voting on every issue and having those votes recorded and available online