Putnam wants to modernize Secretary of State’s Office

Putnam wants to modernize Secretary of State’s Office
June 08 16:48 2018 Print This Article

Joshua Putnam entered the political arena in 2010, while still a student at North Greenville University. He came within 137 votes of toppling one of the most powerful political figures in South Carolina, House Ways and Means Chair Danny Cooper. Cooper resigned a year later and Putnam won a special election for the Anderson County seat. He aims to unseat four-term Secretary of State Mark Hammond in the June 12 primary. Lowcountry Source believes he is the best of three challengers to modernize the office, which processes business licenses, monitors non-profit organizations and maintains a registry of public notaries.

Putnam has earned a reputation as a solid conservative in the SC House. He was named as a SC Club For Growth Taxpayer Hero and earned an award from the Business and Industry Political Education Committee (BIPEC), a business advocacy group. Putnam plans to upgrade the office’s cyber-security capability, put all of the office’s forms on-line and speed up the processing time for business licenses.

Incumbent Hammond has drawn criticism for only going to his Columbia office several days a week and commuting from his Spartanburg home in a state vehicle. He rarely makes public appearances in non-election years. Hammond also failed to perform an office duty to stamp state acts and resolution with the official seal. Putnam wants to use the office to promote conservative policies and plans to travel around the state on a regular basis to hear from the people. He cites his seven years as a legislator as an asset in promoting policy issues.

One issue Putnam is passionate about is promoting small businesses. He contends that the failure of the General Assembly to enact meaningful tax and regulatory reform is a hindrance for small business formation and expansion. Putnam plans to improve services for start-up businesses and to give non-profits assistance for their annual reporting requirements. He also wants to improve enforcement efforts for charities which do not devote significant resources in the performance of their stated mission.

In most states, the Secretary of State’s office oversees elections. Putnam supports legislation to transfer that responsibility to the office and dissolve the South Carolina Election Commission, an appointed body. He contends that oversight by an elected official would put a stronger focus on stopping voter fraud.

Joshua Putnam as Secretary of State would give South Carolina a statewide conservative voice.

write a comment

1 Comment

  1. June 10, 03:21 #1 Anonymous

    That would be great to have this office oversee elections. It is time to remove ineligible people from the ballot…..Bobby Jindal, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz were NOT eligible to be president and should have been removed from the ballot…..along with Obama when he ran.

    Reply to this comment

Add a Comment

Leave a Reply