Infrastructure & Flooding Relief
The Lowcountry- especially Mt. Pleasant and Charleston- provide far more tax revenue to Columbia than any other part of the State. We have serious issues that cost money, and it's time more of those funds make their way back home. This is not a popular position in Columbia, but as your representative I am pushing this narrative with facts and figures that cannot be ignored.
Better coordination is need between local government and the state. The city and the county need to adopt stricter zoning laws and reduce building permits. The State needs to prioritize infrastructure spending that directs growth out of congested areas so we can protect our quality of life. I am working with all parties to take action before it is too late.
Supporting Local Government
The State needs to give more authority to local government and keep its hands off of local issues. Trying to prevent the town of Mt. Pleasant from banning plastic bags and not properly funding the Local Government Fund demonstrate a gross overreach by the State on the concept of Home Rule.
Education is Critical
South Carolina needs an overhaul when it comes to education in our state. This includes giving parents more say in policy decisions rather than leaving it up to the Legislature. We also need to promote more technical training in high schools, and insist that our state universities control their spending to allow for more affordability to in-state residences.
Protecting our Natural Environment
We live in one of the most beautiful places in the world, and protecting our natural resources is good business. I am a staunch supporter of the Conservation Bank and adamantly opposed to offshore drilling.
South Carolina has one of the most inefficient and corrupt structures of government in the country. The Legislature has far too much power, and I am proud to be a primary sponsor of the biggest reform effort in over 100 years. We need a new state constitution that provides a better balance of power and more accountability in government. An effort of this size and scope has never come from within the legislature, and I am proud to be leading the charge.
I was born and raised in District 110. I live downtown on Gibbes St. just one block from the house I grew up in. Growing up, I spent a lot of time at my grandparents’ houses who lived in Creekside and Cooper Estates. My father- Dr. Edmund Rhett- delivered babies in Mt. Pleasant for over 40 years. This is an area my family and I know, love, and will do what it takes to protect.
I am a graduate of the University of the South and hold a master’s degree from Columbia University.
I have owned my own business for 20 years. I specialize in complex historic and environmentally contaminated rehabilitation projects. I have received numerous local, regional, and national awards for projects like the Cigar Factory, and I am proud of the work we are doing at the GARCo Mill and on the Old Navy Base in North Charleston.
I am a well-known conservationist and have had the honor to serve on numerous boards including Historic Charleston Foundation, the Peninsula Advocacy Commission, and the Library Society. I enjoy history, hunting, and being on the water.
My wife Lucile and I have been happily married for over 15 years. We have two children- Mason (13) and Meade (11). We are members of Grace Church where I was baptized and confirmed.