Daly and Arrington square off in SC House race

Daly and Arrington square off in SC House race
October 26 18:08 2016 Print This Article

Democrat Damian Daly and Republican Katie Arrington are vying for the South Carolina House of Representatives District 94 seat being vacated by Republican Representative Jenny Horne. The district includes downtown Summerville and the Lincolnville and Ladson precincts in Charleston County.

Daly is a retired police officer from Connecticut and current political science instructor at Trident Technical College. Arrington is a defense contractor. They are both making their first bid for public office.

The candidates agree that term limits are needed for state legislators. Arrington supports a limit of five two-year terms for Representatives and three four-year terms for Senators. They also agree that further ethics reform measures are needed, including the appointment of an independent body to investigate ethics complaints against legislators. Arrington supports income disclosure for legislators, while Daly wants public financing for elections.

On the issue of an increase in the minimum wage, Arrington is opposed and Daly supports raising the minimum wage from $7.25 per hour to $10.00 per hour. Arrington supports gradually increasing the gasoline tax, while Daly opposes it. Daly also wants to increase the state’s highest income tax rate above the current 7% rate.

Daly supports the Affordable Care Act and expanding the income threshold for Medicaid eligibility, a measure which Arrington opposes. The health insurance exchange premiums under the Affordable Care Act are rising 29% in South Carolina for 2017.

Education is Arrington’s signature issue. She believes in expanding technical and trade programs. Daly opposes offering tax incentives for corporations such as Boeing and Volvo. Election day is Tuesday, November 8, but early voting is underway at the Dorchester County Election Office in St. George and the Dorchester County Council building in Summerville.