SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) - Summerville resident Tim Larkin announced Thursday that he will enter South Carolina's crowded race for the First District Congressional seat.
A press release states Larkin, a veteran of the war in Afghanistan, is a decorated soldier and currently serves in the SC Army National Guard as a founding member of the South Carolina National Guard Computer Network Defense Team. He is also an Information Systems Security Engineer working for a Department of Defense contractor in North Charleston.
Larkin, a Republican, participates in numerous civic groups, including the Boy Scouts, the Freemasons, Scottish Rite, Omar Shrine, and is a volunteer for a local domestic abuse shelter, according to the press release.
"I'm just like all of the other hardworking people who live in the First District," Larkin said. "I live, work, and volunteer in my community. I am frustrated with 'business as usual' and disappointed that our government is having so much difficulty working together. Congressman Scott did an outstanding job for our district, and I want to continue his momentum of positive growth for South Carolina."
Larkin said his goals for the first district during the shortened term would include working closely with local business leaders to continue to bring about economic recovery, and listening closely to constituents to gather their ideas for government reform.
He welcomes the public to attend his campaign kickoff event next Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at The Wreckfish in North Charleston.
"I think too often our political leaders are sidetracked by red tape or they feel forced to fit into a political standard," Larkin explained, "but we need to remember that their job is to be a voice for the people. When you lose sight of what the people really need, you need to stop, re-evaluate priorities, and simply get out there and talk to them. I'm not a career politician. I am the new face of the Republican party in the Lowcountry."