Katie Crosby – South Carolina State House 44th District
Tell us a little bit about your yourself and your background.
A former educator and the current chair of the Lancaster County Democratic Party, I am an activist determined to advocate for a higher standard of living for my neighbors. I studied both Elementary Education and Special Education as a Levine Scholar at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte so I could meet the needs of all my students. As a real estate student, as an NAACP member, as a Modjeska Simkins School student, and as a 2022 Clyburn Fellow, I am continuing to educate myself on the needs of my community and how I can meet those needs. I am running for South Carolina House to advocate for voting rights, education, healthcare, the environment, and infrastructure. I am running to advocate for all of us.
Why are you running for Office?
I’m running to make a difference in our school system. I know firsthand the power of a good education and what that can do to uplift a child. I’m also running to ensure we focus on making South Carolina a place where small businesses can thrive. I want people to be excited to move here and proud to be residents.
What are the 3 biggest issues facing your community?
Air and water quality, education, and traffic management and road conditions.
How do you propose to solve those problems?
Air and Water Quality: We need laws that prevent corporations from pumping pollutants into our air. These will assist DHEC and the CDC in solving our current issue with the local New Indy plant so we can all breathe easier.
Education: It’s time we make our public schools competitive with others across the nation. We have to build trust between teachers and parents for the benefit of the students. To do this, we will recruit top educators who invest in parent-teacher relationships by increasing pay and improving working conditions.
Traffic management and road conditions: Let’s modernize our system. We must fully fund road maintenance and provide grants for public transportation. We will incentive counties and local communities to plan efficient, walkable communities that promote public health instead of traffic.
What is your stance on environmental and climate concerns that are facing your community?
Protect communities from air and ground pollution, especially New Indy.
Ensure clean water for all South Carolinians.
Forbid South Carolina offshore drilling.
Promote private/public partnerships for regional level recycling.
Provide solar, wind, and tidal energy incentives.
Provide incentives for building a network of recharging/refueling stations.
What common sense gun safety measures would have the most impact on your community?
Implement red flag laws — temporary removal of firearms from dangerous individuals.
Close the Charleston Loophole — no gun purchases until background check clears.
Equate gun ownership to responsible automobile ownership: training, testing, and liability insurance requirements.
How would criminal justice reforms impact your community?
We have had questionable interactions between police and citizens in my community. Criminal justice reform would help repair the relationship between residents and officers for the benefit of all. We would also like to see those imprisoned only on charges related to marijuana released back to our community.
How would you work to protect a woman’s reproductive health?
Increase funding of Planned Parenthood to provide pre-and post-natal care.
Protect access to abortion healthcare.
Guarantee doctor-patient confidentiality.
Expand Medicaid and access to birth control.
Improve and expand sex education and access to contraceptives.
What measures would you advocate for to ensure that your constituents have the right to vote?
Implement automatic voter registration for 18 year old’s.
Stop purging voter rolls.
Ensure polling locations are in equitable locations and do not close down.
Remove the ID requirement for voting.
Expand early voting and absentee voting.
Make election day a state holiday so more people have the day off work.
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