Long outs Hicks for GOP nomination in SC House District 37

From the Spartanburg Herald Journal  6/14/2016:

Boiling Springs and Inman area residents voted for new Republican representation Tuesday.

Steven Long, 22, a political newcomer from Boiling Springs, ousted incumbent Rep. Donna Hicks during Tuesday’s Republican primary election in state House District 37.

Long received 1,426 votes, or roughly 66 percent of the votes cast. Hicks received 749 votes, or roughly 34 percent.

The results will become official when they are certified later this week.

“We prayed hard, we worked hard; I had a fantastic team,” Long said. “We had a message that resonated with voters. I myself knocked on over 2,000 doors.”

Long, an insurance agent, said his top three issues are developing a plan to improve state roads, improving state ethics laws and creating a more business-friendly environment in the district.

Hicks could not be reached for comment Tuesday night.

At the Boiling Springs High School freshman campus, a few voters came in after 6 p.m. Justin Harrison, a Steven Long supporter, said he hoped his vote sent a message.

“We needed some new blood,” he said.

David and Josie Dial live in Boiling Springs. Each of them cast ballots for Long.

“It’s just time for a change,” Josie said.