Candidate Name: Richard Hricik
What office are you running for?
SC State Senate District 43
With which party are you running for office?
November 3, 2020
Why are you running for office?
It’s time for the Lowcountry to #BelieveInBetter with new citizen leaders. Flood waters are rising; Traffic congestion is worsening; Teachers are protesting…it’s mayhem. For too long SC has ranked near the bottom in everything from education to economic opportunity to infrastructure and healthcare and the list goes on and on. Nothing changes if nothing changes. We keep sending the same career politicians back year after year and the results stay the same. SC needs new citizen leaders who believe in public service first if we are ever going to solve the problems that plague the Lowcountry and our state. My mother taught me public service by her example and gave generously from the heart despite having very little. She would tell me “You can always do something.” I am not a career politician – I am a family man and first-generation college student who went to school at night while I worked full-time. Today I am a successful business owner and I want my story of success to be a common story for every student and parent in the Lowcountry as the American Dream is getting further out of reach.
What is the biggest issue facing your community and how do you propose helping?
There are so many:
- Fix Flooding First
The Lowcountry is the most beautiful, fragile, and vulnerable to the effects of the climate crisis and sea level rise. Flood waters are rising in the harbor, threatening our homes, our businesses, and our way of life. There has been no leadership or resources from state government. To protect us and save us, we need informed, authentic voices on everything from the root cause of flooding (carbon emissions) to better infrastructure, smarter growth and a commitment to transition to clean energy;
Children cannot be a part of the economy of the future from a failed education system of the past. Public education changed my life and I’ve also helped run a successful public Montessori school for over a decade – while our state has been ranked near the bottom for decades and our teachers are protesting. Politicians in Columbia have proved they are inept at making public education better;
SC ranks near the bottom and access is becoming more limited at an alarming rate. We must expand Medicaid and improve access; and
- Common sense gun safety rules
We must close the Charleston Loophole and pass universal background checks.
How do we fix the partisan divide in our country and start working together again?
We must stop career legislators from picking their voters, end gerrymandering and create truly independent commissions to draw lines so actual citizen representation can occur. This will lead to more effective legislation, more compromise and a better SC. We must also change the way we speak. When we use partisan “labels” we foreclose the discussion of ideas. We need to speak to each other about our shared values that are so much greater than our differences.
Who is your hero?
My mother – she transformed her life and taught me so many invaluable life lessons. Here are 3: (1) You can always do something to help, no matter how small; (2) Do even the smallest acts with great love; and (3) The only thing you can give another person is the power of your example.
What are your hobbies?
Time with my wife and daughters is always special, including Thursday night dinner alone with my daughters – a tradition we’ve had since they were toddlers. Exercise – I lost 50 lbs and have kept most of it off for over two years. HIIT classes, spin, biking, weights, golf (walking). Also, I love listening to podcasts and reading. I always want to learn more
What is the most recent book you read?
Almost finished with “The Inevitable – Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future” by Kevin Kelly. Fascinating and thought-provoking work.
Do you have any kids/pets/talking houseplants?
My wife and I are blessed with two amazing daughters who attended public schools. Zoe is a freshman at college and Abby is a junior at Wando HS. They are profoundly good human beings and as small children helped form a non-profit “Keys For Hope” that raised $80K for 180 Place. They all inspire me and I want a better future for them and for everyone in the Lowcountry. We also have a dog named Simba and no talking houseplants save Audrey II.
How can our readers get involved in your campaign?
Change cannot happen without YOU dear reader. My friend, Congressman Joe Cunningham, won this district 52/48 and it’s not the same district my opponent drew for himself in 2010. You can volunteer or donate, even $5 or $10 can make a difference. Please visit www.RichardForSC.com or follow me on Twitter @RichardForSC or Facebook RichardForSC to learn more, donate and get involved!
What question do you wish we’d asked, and what is your answer?
What jobs have you worked?
I know hard work. To shower after work instead of before. To feel tired in your bones and spirit that the work only barely gets you to even or worse. I’ve delivered newspapers, pumped gas, fixed cars, bussed tables, and also worked as a dishwasher, fast food worker, warehouse/forklift driver, bank teller, bookkeeper, painter/handyman, copy/file clerk, men’s suit sales, law clerk at US Attorney and US House Banking Committee in DC, professor, lawyer, business owner. And now I’m ready to go to work for YOU so the Lowcountry can #ActuallyBeBetter!
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