Local voice: House 75 candidate McCulloch smart, reasonable, progressive

jmonk@thestate.comNovember 4, 2012 

Don Tudor is a supporter of Joseph McCulloch.

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Donald Tudor normally votes Republican, but in the race for House District 75, he’s for Democrat Joe McCulloch.

Tudor, 65, liked retiring Rep. Jim Harrison, R-Richland, who represented the district for 23 years and wanted to vote for someone “with the same tone and mannerisms as Harrison.

“For me, that’s Joe,” said Tudor, a consultant who retired last year from the S.C. Department of Education where he spent 20 years as director of transportation, responsible for the agency’s school bus operations.

“Joe seems to be the moderate, steady voice that I’m looking for to replace Jim in this job.”

Tudor, 65, has had a long time to observe McCulloch who, along with his wife, Amy, are fellow members of Shandon United Methodist Church.

In serving on various church committees with McCulloch, Tudor said, he’s been impressed with McCulloch’s common sense, pragmatic and diplomatic approach to problems.

“He’s always very thoughtful and willing to help,” Tudor said. “His work is always building bridges, problem solving, coming up with good common sense kinds of solutions to things. And he’s willing to listen — a very humble kind of guy. I think the S.C. House of Representatives is sadly lacking this kind of guy, who will work through problems and actually try to come up with solutions.”

When it comes to issues, Tudor also likes McCulloch’s stands on public education.

“Public education — the K-12 part is very important to me — making sure every child has equal access to a quality public education is something Joe supports,” Tudor said.

McCulloch also has pledged to work for better technical and higher education across the state, Tudor said.

Reach Monk at (803) 771-8344.

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