McMaster’s running mate addresses Charleston GOP

McMaster’s running mate addresses Charleston GOP
January 09 15:22 2018 Print This Article

Governor Henry McMaster’s designated Lieutenant Governor running mate Pamela Evette addressed the Charleston County Republican Party Executive Committee Monday night. A 2012 state constitutional amendment called for the Governor and Lieutenant Governor to run on the same ticket, starting in 2018. McMaster is the first 2018 candidate for Governor to designate a running mate. Republicans Kevin Bryant (current Lieutenant Governor), Yancey McGill and Catherine Templeton and Democrats James Smith (a current state representative) and Phil Noble have also declared their candidacy for Governor.

Evette is the President and CEO of Quality Business Solutions. a Greenville-based firm which handles payroll, tax compliance, benefits administration, and human resources management for small and large businesses.  Evette first met McMaster at President Donald Trumps inauguration a year ago.  They instantly developed a friendship and McMaster eventually offered Evette the opportunity to campaign as his running mate.  Evette has an accounting background and a passion for helping businesses grow.  She was appointed by former Governor Nikki Haley to the Small Business Regulatory Commission, which advises the General Assembly on the impact of new regulations on small businesses.  She told the audience, “Every time the government makes a new law, it makes it harder to do business.”

The General Assembly has not yet established the duties for the future role of the Lieutenant Governor.  The current role is to preside over the Senate and oversee the state Council on Aging, which deals with issues facing senior citizens.  Evette says she wants to partner with McMaster on legislative issues and promote economic development.  She cites the need for more high school students to participate in internships and apprenticeships in the trades.  Evette referenced Chris Corley, who owns Corley Plumbing, Air and Electric in Greenville.  Corley has to travel to surrounding states to recruit qualified technicians and offers them high salaries.  Evette said, “We need the young people of South Carolina to gain the skills they need to get these wonderful opportunities.”

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