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Penry Gustafson running for S.C. House District 52

Posted: September 28, 2017 4:42 p.m.
Updated: September 29, 2017 1:00 a.m.
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Penry Gustafson

Penry Gustafson (R) of Camden is making a run for District 52 in the S.C. House of Representatives. 

The seat, which has been held by Laurie Slade Funderburk since 2004, comes up for re-election in Nov. 2018.

Gustafson is a former candidate for the special election to fill Mick Mulvaney’s 5th congressional district seat.  Her run for that office was cut short due to her mother’s illness, Gustafson said. 

“I took care of my sweet Mama for many years before she passed away on that special election voting day June 20, 2017,” Gustafson noted. “She was very excited about my political future, and she would want me to move forward. My children are now all in college and I have the full support of my family. It’s time for a change in Kershaw County! A Republican voice is desperately needed to represent this conservative area to its fullest potential. As a passionate Republican, I can bring a seat right to the table in the State House in a way that has been impossible in the recent past.”

Born and raised in Columbia, Gustafson is a 1992 graduate from Newberry College and attended graduate school at the University of South Carolina. She has a varied work history including case management for Richland/Lexington Disabilities and Special Needs Board and sales for Delta Foremost Chemical Corporation. She has served on the Kappa Delta Advisory Board for Newberry College and Thrivent Financial Board of the Midlands.

In addition, she has worked in a number of community service roles, including coordinating Operation Inasmuch of the Midlands, volunteering for Graceworks, delivering Meals on Wheels, preparing/serving meals at Food for the Soul, being an active member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. She and her husband, Todd Gustafson, have been married 10 years. He is a retired Lt. Colonel (Army) and CRNA, and they have three children.  

Her primary platform issue is economic growth for District 52. Improving educational resources, expanding job creation, and bettering job training for potential workers are specific areas of interest. She is a firm advocate for responsible and balanced budgets that can help the most people, conserve our tax dollars, and focus on future prosperity.  

Gustafson said she is working very to people across Kershaw County and District 52 and researching issues important to the people of the district.  

“One of the things I’ve been reviewing is Vision Kershaw 2030 -- there are so many good initiatives and ideas in that document,” she said. “I think this area is starting grow and will continue to grow, but we can do it without losing our unique feel and atmosphere.”

She said she would like to see more programs and opportunities for high school and young people, noting that the work being done by ATEC, CCTC and others are good examples of what she would like to see grow and develop.

Her vision also includes growing the Republican Party, she said.

Ultimately, her motivation comes from a need to work for the betterment of the community, she said. 

“I’ve always been involved, in various smaller ways, with my community; I believe now is the time to take it to the next level,” she said. “I have the time, the energy and the motivation. I love people and I like to find solutions to problems. I believe now is the time. I feel like I bring new life and energy to this office and provides a positive outlook for and directness towards resolutions.”

For more information, please contact Penry Gustafson at 803-669-6364 or email penrgustafson@yahoo.com or visit her website at www.penrygustafson.com.

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