Brad has been a resident of West Columbia for 33 of his 37 years of life including the past 26 years. He has been married to Melody since 2001 (15 years on May 5, 2016) and they have one son (Will age 13). Brad was home schooled (along with his two siblings) and after high school went to college where he graduated from Midlands Tech and the University of South Carolina. He worked his way through college working up to two jobs to pay his way through. One of these jobs was at UPS where Brad became a supervisor at age 18 and had a career at UPS for more than 15 years. He is currently in Risk Management/ Safety for an insurance carrier where he works with clients to make workplace safety a priority and reduce employee injuries.
Brad has been a member of Gethsemane Baptist Church for more than 30 years and has taught Youth Ministry for the past 21 years. He is also the music leader and started a radio program called Hymns for Life to promote the theological importance of traditional Hymns and the stories behind them. He, Melody, and Will also conduct religious services at several local Retirement Communities. Brad has volunteered at retirement homes and nursing homes for the past 20 years.
Ronald Reagan was elected President on Brad’s first birthday (one of the greatest presents he ever received) and he became very interested in politics at a very young age. As an early teen he wrote multiple articles for a SC based newspaper that highlighted America’s Judeo Christian foundation and the importance of moral absolutes in a free society. He has never wavered on the importance of liberty and personal responsibility and the critical role that faith plays in each aspect of society.
His experience as both a blue collar and white collar worker, and his experience with small business and a Fortune 500 company position him to understand both the needs of the employee and the employer. His experience working with the youth and the elderly also helps him to have a perspective on our State from multiple age and ethnic groups. And his commitment to Faith, Family, and Freedom make him a candidate that all citizens of District 26 can support.