…Citing a need for experienced leadership at this critical time in the state, Carol Tempel filed today to run for the statehouse in District 115 to represent Folly Beach, James Island, Kiawah Island, and Seabrook Island.
Dr. Tempel earned a remarkable 49% of the vote against the incumbent in 2018. Dr. Tempel, an educator, scientist, and small business person knows what to do and how to do it. “I believe that education for ALL creates the jobs that are the engine of our economy,” said Tempel.
Tempel says “The citizens and businesses of our district need someone who works and fights hard to represent them, listens and responds to their concerns, and takes action on state policies that affect their lives.” Dr. Tempel has the experience and skills to work with others to get things done in Columbia.
Experience matters. This isn’t politics for Carol, it’s personal. She has been a James Island resident for 40 years and has spent her life working to effect change as both an educator and through an impressive record of community service.
Carol has identified legislative priorities in quality public education; affordable and accessible healthcare; women's equality; good paying jobs with fair wages; safe communities; comprehensive infrastructure; kicking corruption out of Columbia; protecting our coastal environment; supporting renewable energy and public transportation; and putting an end to gerrymandered districts.
With regards to the recent healthcare crises with COVID-19, SC ranks 8
worst in the nation and should address investing in healthcare providers as well as addressing cost and access to critical services and monitoring the pandemic.
Carol believes that legislators should also work more closely with local governments to address the infrastructure needs including repairing roads and bridges, fixing drainage and flooding, and supporting public transportation.
"Throughout my life, I have tried to make a difference through my professional work as an educator, a scientists, small business owner, and as an active community leader. I care about solving challenges and improving the quality of life for our children, our families, and our communities,” said Tempel.
Learn more about Dr. Tempel’s experience, accomplishments, and legislative priorities at
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