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Tom Mullikin running for U.S. Congress

Posted: February 2, 2017 5:46 p.m.
Updated: February 3, 2017 1:00 a.m.

Camden Attorney Tom Mullikin has entered the race for U.S. Congresssional District 5.

Mullikin announced his candidacy to a cheering and capacity crowd at the historic Robert Mills Courthouse in Camden Wednesday afternoon. 

Mullikin said his campaign will be modern and aggressive but will not be based on hate. Rather, it will be focused on issues upon which he has spent his career supporting.

“This is going to be based on love -- love for this community and love for America -- and on change,” he said. “It won’t happen in one stroke; it will happen one step at a time, one community at a time.”

Protection and promotion of American energy resources, veterans and manufacturing are major priorities, he said. Mullikin had especially pointed words for countries such as China and India, who he said are “taking our jobs and sending back the pollution of their success.”

“I see first-hand what these over-burdensome environmental regulations are doing to American manufacturing and energy production,” Mullikin said.  “I have studied this topic all my adult life and am uniquely prepared to educate my fellow congressmen on how joining President Trump’s effort to strengthen American manufacturing and energy production is good for the U.S. economy and better for a cleaner U.S. environment as well. Environmental agreements that don’t hold China, India, and the other emerging pollution states to the same standard of America and the West are more about the promotion of socialism than anything else. The U.S. should reject and withdraw from these lopsided agreements in favor of market-driven policies that will let the public desire for clean water and air drive sustainable solutions using capitalist principles.”

Another point Mullikin hammered home was the idea of getting rid of career politicians -- in fact, he made a promise.

“If elected, one of the very first things I will do is introduce legislation for term limits in Congress,” he said, eliciting a roar of approval from the crowd. “I’m not going to be a career politician. Americans are tired of status quo politics.”

 Mulliken, himself a veteran and the current commander of the S.C. State Guard, also reiterated his dedication to veterans’ affairs.

“I believe that those who run toward danger in defense of others are the ‘brave’ who defend this home of the ‘free,’” he said. “As your congressman, I will be a tireless advocate for veterans and first responders. They don’t hesitate to act in times of our need. We owe them nothing less than the same.”  

Mulliken, who is running as a Republican, attracted a large and diverse crowd.

“He is definitely my choice,” Camden Mayor Alfred Mae Drakeford said. “He has passion and deep love of this community and I think he is the best choice for our district.” 

Phyllis Lloyd Harris, Chairman of the Kershaw County Democratic Party said she supports Mullikin.

Bob and Ponza Vaughn said they are supporting Mullikin as well and noted that his candidacy is another example of why they are glad to live in Camden and Kershaw County.

“We moved here 24 years ago,” Ponza Vaughan noted. “To have chosen to live in a community that is home to so many talented people is a real blessing.”

County Council Chairman Julian Burns and County Councilman Dennis Arledge also voiced their support.

“He has the ability to really take our message to a national level and show we are truly open for business in Kershaw County and in the Fifth District,” Burns said.

Arledge noted he has known Mullikin for many years and has great confident in his abilities.  

Mullikin, 56, is an energy, manufacturing and environmental advocate, university professor, global expedition leader, military officer (former U.S. Army JAG officer, current commander of the all-volunteer S.C. State Guard), with experience in prosecution and law enforcement.  He is the founder of and a principal partner with the Camden-based Mullikin Law Firm. For three decades he has represented C-suite corporate executives for Fortune 100 companies as well as senior executives in major privately held companies, foreign governments and the United Nations. He and his wife, Virginia Ann, live in Camden.



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