NEWBERRY, S.C.–Soon after filing officially opened Wednesday for state and county-level offices, Republican businessman Rick Martin placed himself on the ballot for the South Carolina House of Representatives. This comes after Martin declared his candidacy five months ago.
“I am fully committed to the people of Newberry County,” Martin said, “that’s why I ran in 2014, and that’s why I’ll be on the ballot this November. This is a critical time for our county, state, and nation. I’m in it to make a difference, and to bring conservative change to Newberry.”
The House District 40 seat is currently held by Democrat Walt McLeod, who announced his retirement in October of last year. As of March 16, Martin is the only Republican to have officially filed for the office.
Rick Martin is the co-owner of a successful family company that has been in business in Newberry for 29 years. He’s a lifelong Newberry resident, is married to his wife Fran of twenty-six years, and has 4 daughters and 1 foster child. He is also a member of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church.