The state Department of Health and Environmental Control was a hot topic in Tuesday night’s gubernatorial primary debate. During the ETV broadcast, Tony Bartelme of the Charleston Post and Courier asked, “As you know, DHEC is responsible for regulating everything from coal plants to flu vaccination programs. Over the years, its staff has been cut from 6,000 people in the 1990’s to about 3,800 now. Given its important responsibilities, if elected governor, what would you do about DHEC?”
The candidates’ opinions were varied and at times shared, despite party lines.