In House District 98, South Carolina Democrats are hoping to cut into the Republicans’ 73-51 advantage in the House of Representatives where GOP veteran Annette young is retiring after two decades of service.
Summerville natives Christine Jackson and Steven Yeomans are vying for the position to put the seat in the Democrats’ column in November. Jackson is a political newcomer who says if elected she would strive to work with fellow lawmakers from both sides of the aisle. “This is a great opportunity to have a Democrat in this seat, but I think what’s more important is being able to have somebody that’s going to be able to represent the people and not necessarily the party,” she says.
Jackson says in order for the state to solve the problems that it faces, including improving public education and creating more job opportunities for its citizens, Democrats and Republicans are going to have to work to find common ground in order to forge solid solutions. Jackson says, for her, bipartisanship begins at home: “I’m a proud member of the Democratic Party, but I’m also married to a proud republican. I think that has given me the opportunity to be albe to learn to listen to both sides and be able to figure out how to develop a solution that more of a compromise than just voting one way or the other.”
The primary vote is this Tuesday June 8.