Candidate Name: Adair Ford Boroughs
What office are you running for?
U.S. Congress, SC-02
With which party are you running for office?
November 3, 2020
Why are you running for office?
I believe the people that I grew up with, those that I went to school and church with, people working hard every day to make ends meet for their family deserve a seat at the table. They don’t have that right now in our Congressman. Most of his campaign money is from corporations, and those are the interests he represents and for which he votes.
I love being a lawyer and stepping into situations where people are being taken advantage of, harmed, or cheated and saying, “not today”–telling families that today they have an advocate, and because of that, the outcome will be different. But I’m frustrated by the issues facing my potential clients, family members, high school friends, and neighbors that I can’t solve with a law degree. Problems such as the cost of healthcare and crippling student debt, and important issues that are facing South Carolina like clean water and climate change. And I live in a district where our Congressman is not even trying to tackle such issues.
I’ve also been active in politics. I was a local party officer in the last cycle and saw significant shifts in this district. The shifts were so stark that the local party put together a strategic plan to flip the district, and I worked on the early stages of that plan. I know this guy is beatable, and we deserve better than him. So I’m running.
What is the biggest issue facing your community and how do you propose helping?
Facing a 17-year incumbent who has passed a single bill (to rename a post office) and is known for failing to show up to help on local issues, I’m showing that I am the candidate with a strong work ethic who gets things done. As a lawyer I have already shown results for working families in our state. My early platform is focused on issues that have squeezed people in our district and made it virtually impossible for them to get ahead—stagnant wages, sky-rocketing cost of medical care, rising costs of higher education and the student loan crisis, and inaccessible high-quality early childcare. I have first-hand experience with these issues and see my family, high school friends and clients face them every day.
I want to:
- Tackle rising health care costs by, among other things, allowing Medicare to negotiate drug costs and expanding Medicare.
- Create access and economic opportunity in our rural communities by expanding access to rural broadband.
- Expand access to high quality early childcare by expanding the childcare development block grant.
People in our district are working tirelessly to build a better life for their families, and we deserve a Representative who will work just as hard to make sure those families have a chance to get ahead.
How do we fix the partisan divide in our country and start working together again?
Get rid of gerrymandering which, when combined with primaries, always leads to more extreme candidates that are rewarded for grandstanding over working with colleagues to accomplish things
What are your hobbies?
Puzzles, reading, video games w/ hubby
What is the most recent book you read?
An Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon
Do you have any kids/pets/talking houseplants?
Daughters Annalia (7) and Rory Paige (4). Dog Nikki
How can our readers get involved in your campaign?
Sign up at www.adairforcongress.com
Post created from answers submitted by candidate to our Meet the Candidate survey.
DemCast is an advocacy-based 501(c)4 nonprofit. We have made the decision to build a media site free of outside influence. There are no ads. We do not get paid for clicks. If you appreciate our content, please consider a small monthly donation.