The issues facing District 7 don't just affect Democrats or Republicans but all of us.  Melissa will bring common sense leadership and legislation while standing up to the special interests controlling Washington.


Economic Development

Jobs and the economy are the single biggest issues facing District 07.  While unemployment is low, the number of people living in poverty is as high as 32% That is unacceptable. We must raise the minimum wage in this country so that the working class can continue to work with dignity and support their families.


We currently have great businesses bringing in billions to our economy annually, but Melissa knows there is still more work to be done. In Congress, Melissa will work across party lines, build coalitions and help drive economic development throughout the district, bringing in new companies and better opportunities for our middle class families and neighbors to thrive.


Melissa will work to diversify our economy and grow small businesses. She knows that a strong economy is one where people can find careers in various fields not just a few. She will work to bring clean green jobs, tech companies, and other fields to South Carolina.  


Melissa will continue to work to make sure that minorities in SC are not left out of the American dream. She will fight for more small business loans for minorities. Most minority-owned businesses have to start their ventures with their own cash because they have a hard time securing loans. Melissa will work hard to increasing funding streams. 



It takes a village to raise a child. Let's grow the village. Melissa believes the path to a rewarding career is through quality education. The strength of our educational system not only ensures our students are better prepared for the careers of tomorrow but the quality of educational systems is a huge factor when it comes to businesses deciding where to invest.  The success of our students, families and communities requires that we work toward continually improving and adapting our educational system to the workforce needs.


As a National Board certified teacher, Melissa knows you cannot have the best education without the best teachers.  She will be a strong ally toward ensuring our educational system is fully funded and our teachers are receiving the the resources, support and compensation they deserve.

In order to expand educational opportunities for rural communities, Melissa knows that expanding broadband is a vital component in this plan. She will also fight for more federal funding to fix dilapidated, outdated schools. She will work to secure tax credits for businesses that create partnerships with local schools to help local schools provide the services and technology they otherwise could not afford. 


Improving our infrastructure is about more than just unsightly appearances and potholes. With tourism being our leading industry, it is crucial to our local economy that we continue to make South Carolina an appealing destination that is easy to navigate and appealing to visitors.

And for those of us who call South Carolina home, the poor conditions of our highways and bridges pose challenges in our everyday lives. Commuting to and from work or school or both is becoming increasingly difficult, and those in lower-income counties miss out on job opportunities in the metropolitan areas due to lack of public transportation options. 

The failing infrastructure doesn't just make commuting difficult and impact our local economy, but it also causes major safety hazards like bridges on the verge of collapse, flooding roads due to poor drainage, and limited evacuation routes in the event of an emergency. There are parts of our district that have flooded over 12 times. If you live in Conway, you know from experience that when Hwy. 501 floods you have no access to the hospital on the other side. With

With our infrastructure crumbling around us, the area has become less desirable for both newcomers and those who already live here. An investment in our infrastructure is an investment in the growth and sustainability of our region, and we must prioritize it if we are going to thrive.


Leaders like Donald Trump and Tom Rice have said they will prioritize infrastructure, and have barely provided enough funding to build a single bridge. Melissa will work tirelessly to bring the crucial funding to improve our highways and bridges while bringing in quality jobs for middle class families.



Melissa knows that our multi-billion dollar tourism and agriculture industries rely heavily on the environment to protect our jobs and drive our economy.  That's why it is critical that we protect our coastal waterways and ensure our farmers have the nontoxic soil they need to keep their crops healthy and growing.


We should never allow off-shore oil drilling. Clemson University is one of the leaders of wind technology. Investing in wind turbines help Clemson and South Carolina. It is a win-win proposition. The only energy that should be developed off our coast is wind.  

Because hunting and fishing are an integral part of our southern lifestyle, we should protect our forests, rivers, lakes, and streams from hazardous pollution. Clean air and water are vital to our health which is why Melissa will strengthen EPA standards on air and water quality not lower them.


Melissa will continue to fight for tax credits for companies and tax payers that invest in solar technology. Solar technology helps to take some of the stress off of our overloaded electrical grids while providing new power sources. Solar power provides clean energy.  




If the last 30 years have shown us anything it's that there is no single silver bullet that is going to solve our country's healthcare crisis.  This we do know: we must stop putting profits over people. People must be allowed to make their own healthcare decisions with the aid of healthcare providers. That includes women. Period. Melissa is going to work across party lines to bring together comprehensive solutions that help save money for our businesses while ensuring our families have the coverage they need to live healthy, happy lives. No one should go bankrupt while trying to stay alive. 

With the Affordable Care Act turning 10 years old, there are over 20 million Americans who rely on the medical benefits covered under the ACA. The Affordable Care Act was a historic milestone in our country's history. I am proud of the gains we have made with ACA. I am not willing to take that away, but I am willing to improve it. 

There are also 37 million uninsured Americans. That is still too many people who need healthcare coverage. Maybe now is the time for a public option to help to continue to reduce costs.  


Finally, when I am elected to Congress, I will do everything in my power to protect Roe v. Wade.  I won't stop fighting for women's reproductive health. Women should be allowed to make decisions about their own bodies with the help of their doctors. Period. No one else not even the US government should interfere with those decisions. 



I have lived in the South my entire life, and I am a strong supporter of the 2nd Amendment. I know that we enjoy hunting and gun ownership is a way of life. Responsible law-abiding citizens have the right to own guns. I do not want to interfere with that at all. However, I know you can be a supporter of the 2nd Amendment AND gun reform. I want to close the loopholes that allow criminals to buy guns online without background checks. I want to reinstate the assault weapons ban, and finally I want to close the Charleston loophole. We all know that gun sense is common sense.