By Riley Morningstar
SENECA — U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan said he believes his values best mirror the values of the people in the Third Congressional District, making him the best candidate in Tuesday’s race for Congress.
“I believe my values and beliefs most closely align with the citizens of our district,” Duncan said. “I believe in limited government, not a big government that meddles in our daily lives. I am pro-life, pro-Second Amendment and believe in lower taxes and less government regulation. I also believe in the rule of law, which is why I strongly oppose illegal immigration and open borders.”
Duncan has served in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2011, after serving in the S.C. General Assembly for eight years. He’s a graduate of Ware Shoals High School and Clemson University, where he was also a walk-on for the football team.
“I’m running for Congress to ensure that we have a representative in Washington who will fight to defend the Constitution and make the people’s priorities their own,” Duncan said. “I am proud to have fought side by side with President Trump over the past two years on issues you care about, like immigration, creating jobs here at home, strengthening our military and reducing the size and scope of the federal government.”
Duncan said he sees national spending and debt as a problem for the nation.
“I’m very concerned about our national debt,” he said. “While revenue to the federal government is at an all-time high, the annual deficit has swollen significantly due to increases in government spending. To put it bluntly, we don’t have a revenue problem in this country, we have a spending problem.
“During my time in Congress, I have criticized both Republicans and Democrats on spending, and have voted against most short-term spending resolutions,” he added. “We need to make cutting waste and living within our means a top priority.”
Duncan said “jobs and the economy” are the two most important issues facing his district.
“The new tax law that I voted for was the largest tax cut in our nation’s history,” he said. “The average family in District 3 will receive $1,480 a year in savings from the tax cut. While this is fantastic news for families, we can and must do more. One way we do that is to continue creating a regulatory environment that encourages jobs to stay in the U.S.”
Duncan said he plans to keep “America first” if re-elected to another term in Congress.
“Cutting government spending and adopting policies that encourage job growth are the top priorities for me, along with supporting President Trump’s ‘America First’ agenda,” he said. “The Democratic Party’s growing position of supporting open borders is dangerous and wrong. We must support President Trump’s plan to build the wall, and must close the immigration loopholes that encourage people to come here illegally.”
Before and during his early stages in public service, Duncan owned and operated a real estate marketing firm that specialized in statewide real estate auctions. He and his wife, Melody, live in Laurens and have three adult sons.
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