Senator Shane Massey announced last week that he will run for re-election to the South Carolina State Senate. First elected in a 2007 upset victory by knocking on more than 10,000 doors, Senator Massey promised to work hard to shake up Columbia’s establishment.
Senator Massey followed through on his promise by demanding recorded votes on every bill so voters can hold Senators accountable, sharply criticizing irresponsible spending decisions by the General Assembly, denouncing deficits at several agencies and South Carolina State University, and speaking out against the concentration of power in the Senate’s staunchest defender of the status quo. And he’s become the statewide model for staying in touch with citizens by holding more than 130 town hall meetings across the five-county Senate district and sending weekly emails to keep voters informed of legislative actions.
“We’ve made significant strides in changing the statehouse culture, but there’s more work to be done,” Senator Massey said. “We have to keep pushing for stronger ethics laws, an expansion of educational opportunities to every child in our state, and a permanent and fiscally responsible fix for our crumbling roads and bridges. And we have to stand up for South Carolina values and push back against an overbearing and out-of-control federal government. I am committed to doing just that.”
“South Carolina is an amazing state with incredible opportunity. People want to come here. We are one of the fastest growing states in the country. We have become the target destination for business and industry. We build tires and cars and airplanes. Our port is the envy of the East Coast. Yet our people are our greatest assets. For South Carolina to continue to prosper, we have to empower people.”
“Leaders must step forward and do the hard work it takes to move our state forward. Many politicians would rather keep doing things the way we’ve always done them, but we are not going to make real progress in our state unless we have the courage, vision, and determination to change the status quo. I look forward to sharing this message with the voters of Aiken, Edgefield, Lexington, McCormick, and Saluda counties.”
Shane and his wife, Blair, live in Edgefield with their two children. They attend Providence Baptist Church in Johnston, where Blair is active with the children’s ministry and Shane has taught several Sunday School classes and has served his church as a Deacon.