Combat Veteran to Run for House District 42
I am Command Sergeant Major (Retired) Doug Gilliam. I am a Combat Veteran and Bronze Star for Valor recipient. I am running for House District 42 seat and working to gain your consideration for support to represent our district in the upcoming election.
I retired from the military 30 June, 2015 with over 26 years of active federal service. I am currently the JROTC Senior Army Instructor at Union County High School. I am asking for the people’s consideration for support during the House District 42 election. I would appreciate the honor and privilege to serve as the representative for Union and the Laurens County at the state house.
I was born and raised in Union and graduated from Union High School in 1983. I received an Associates of Art degree from USC-Union and a Bachelor’s degree from Liberty University. I will be running on the republican ticket for House District 42. I will be a strong voice for our district and work hard to get things done for Union and Laurens county and the people of this district. I believe in working together with the other Representatives and Senators of Union and Laurens to push for what is best for our counties, district and state.”
My military career includes deployments to Afghanistan and Kosovo. Where I received the Bronze Star for Valor, Legion of Merit, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge and was inducted into the SC National Guard Enlisted Hall of Fame in February, 2016. I ended my career as the 218th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade Command Sergeant Major. I had the pleasure to serve as the Kosovo Force 16 (KFOR 16) Multi-National Battle Group East Command Sergeant Major. The Battle Group included 10 nations. In Afghanistan I was the Senior NCO of a 16 man Embedded Training Team (ETT) for the Afghan National Army where our team trained and fought alongside of the Afghan Army. I am a graduate of the U. S. Army Sergeants Major Academy.
My wife Pam, 16-year-old daughter Hannah and I are active member of Philippi Baptist Church. When this was laid on my heart, I prayed for weeks, seeking the Lords will and guidance. I did not want it to be my pride or what I wanted to do that led my decision making. The Lord gave me peace and I knew I was, All in, for this opportunity.
If elected, I hope to address funding for roads. It has come to the point of repair instead of maintaining our road system.
I want to push and sell our counties for economic growth and development. One of the phrases we would be able to say is “Lets Grow District 42”. Union has seen some growth and I want to keep up the push. I want to sit down with the leaders and discuss the issues and address the 5 W’s. Who, What, When, Where and Why we are not growing faster.
I want to see an effort by our state legislators to put prayer back in our schools. As an instructor in high school, I see the need and possibility to bring that back. I am an advocate for education and our children.
This is my first time running for a political seat and I look forward to the opportunity to make a huge, positive difference in House District 42.
I ask the people of House District 42 to consider supporting me for my experience, values, selfless service and leadership in growing district 42.