Town Councilman Tom Adams filed Friday to run for District 5 U.S. House seat, one of the largest in the state.It includes Fort Mill and the tri-county area.
Adams, a Democrat, is serving his second term on town council. If he makes it to the general election – so far no other Democrats have filed to trigger a primary – he’ll face two-term incumbent Republic Mick Mulvaney of Indian Land.
“This is our country – if we don’t maintain it and fix our problems, no one else will,” Adams said in an announcement released by his campaign Friday night.
“We have to take responsibility for the future of our nation. We complain about Washington and Congress. We only get one representative and if we don’t elect the right person, then we are the ones responsible. We need the best person in Congress and I know if you elect me, I will work every day to do my best for you.”
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The announcement cited a recent Gallup poll that showed the Congressional approval rating has dropped from 56 percent in 2001 to only 14 percent in 2013.
“We need leaders willing to work together to find common sense solutions,” Adams said. Adams has a career in automotive dealer management and is a longtime member of First Baptist Church in Fort Mill. "When elected, I promise to serve all of the people in the district,” he said.