Conservative Republican congressional candidate Katie Arrington has announced her third major campaign pledge – she will decline congressional healthcare and retirement benefits, when elected to represent South Carolina’s 1st Congressional District.
“I will not accept Congressional healthcare or retirement,” Arrington announced on her Facebook page. “I will reject these perks for as long as you allow me to serve you in Congress.”
Arrington explained that her first three campaign pledges highlight a major difference between herself and her opponent, Mark Sanford.
“It’s time to replace self-serving, longtime politician Mark Sanford with a leader committed to public service,” said Arrington. “I am running for one reason: to truly serve the people of South Carolina. Look no further for proof of this fact than my first three campaign pledges: donating $125,000 annually of my congressional salary to Lowcountry charities, term-limiting myself to eight years in Congress, and declining congressional healthcare and retirement benefits. Clearly I am not running for Congress for the money, the benefits, or to become a career politician like Mark Sanford; I am running to serve our community.”
In her campaign launch, Arrington announced that she would only accept the average annual household income of the congressional district, $52,000, and donate the remainder of the salary annually to charities in Beaufort, Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton, and Dorchester Counties.
“I believe that, in order to properly represent a district, one must truly feel and understand how the people of the district live and work,” Arrington said in her announcement speech.
At the end of November, Arrington announced on a Facebook live video that she would limit herself to serving four terms in Congress.
“I believe strongly that, if congressmen knew their time in Washington was limited, many would actually get things done,” Arrington said at the time.
Arrington summarized her pledges further, “We need a real change in leadership to solve the problems facing South Carolina residents. Mark Sanford has gone Washington and is a product of the broken system; I am an agent of change committed to public service. Self service or public service is the decision to be made in the Republican primary.”