BIGPAC Announces 2018 Primary Endorsements

Greenville business community endorses 14 business champions

Published Friday, May 25, 2018 3:00 pm

(Greenville, SC) The Business and Industry in Greenville Political Action Committee (BIGPAC) endorsed 14 candidates today for the June 12th Primary Election.

"The incumbents have a record of supporting economic growth and the candidates have demonstrated a willingness to work with the Upstate business community," said Bill Coates, the Chairman of BIGPAC. “We look forward to working with them in 2019 as create the economic conditions that will support job growth and prosperity.”

The PAC endorsed candidates represent parts of four Upstate counties:

House District 4: Chairman Davey Hiott (R-Pickens)

House District 5: Rep. Neal Collins (R-Pickens)

House District 6: Chairman Brian White (R-Anderson)

House District 17: Rep. Mike Burns (R-Greenville)

House District 18: Rep. Tommy Stringer (R-Greenville)

House District 21: Rep. Phyllis Henderson (R-Greenville)

House District 22: Rep. Jason Elliott (R-Greenville)

House District 27: Rep. Garry Smith (R-Greenville)

House District 33: Rep. Eddie Tallon (R-Spartanburg)

House District 38: Joan Clyborne (R-Spartanburg)

"The BIGPAC board supports these candidates, but we applaud anybody who stepped forward and put their name on a ballot," Coates said. “We support not only the free-market economy but also a free exchange of ideas and constructive debate on the issues.”

The PAC also endorsed four Representatives who do not have opposition: Rep. Chandra Dillard (D-Greenville), Rep. Bruce Bannister (R-Greenvile), Rep. Mark Willis (R-Fountain Inn), and Chairwoman Rita Allison (R-Lyman).

BIGPAC is the political action committee with the mission of supporting the Greenville Chamber's advocacy activities and is only involved in state-level races. BIGPAC is independent from the Greenville Chamber and BIGPAC’s board makes all decisions on endorsements.

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