Richard Martin

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Richard Martin
Former candidate for
South Carolina House of Representatives, District 40
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Campaign website
Richard "Rick" Martin was a 2014 Republican candidate for District 40 of the South Carolina House of Representatives.[1]


Campaign themes


Martin's campaign website highlighted the following issues:[2]


  • Excerpt: "Education is important because a well-educated workforce is the key to a strong economy. Rick is committed to reforming our public education system to make sure tax dollars are spent in the classroom not on “educrats” in Columbia; that good teachers are rewarded; and that classroom discipline is enforced."


  • Excerpt: "Crime is on the rise and parts of our state are being overrun by gangs and thugs. It is our duty to provide the resources law enforcement needs to protect us against criminals such as: life without parole for Aggravated Murders; stiff penalties for felons in possession of a firearm and possessing a firearm while committing a drug crime; and mandatory Victim Panels for DUI offense. Rick is not a lawyer and he will only support conservative judges who apply the law fairly and will not hesitate to punish convicted criminals."

Judicial Reform

  • Excerpt: "Our current procedure for appointing judges is antiquated and needs to be changed. Once appointed, judges should be held accountable for their conduct on the bench and the efficiency with which cases are handled. Rick believes that lawyer-legislators should not be allowed to practice before the judges they elect."


  • Excerpt: "As a member of the NRA and other pro-gun rights organizations, Rick fully supports the Second Amendment and the rights of gun-owners to protect their families, property, and their rights. Rick also believes that hunting and fishing must be protected as an important part of our cultural tradition."


  • Excerpt: "As a Christian, Rick knows that all children are a gift from God, and he absolutely supports protection for the unborn."



See also: South Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for all 124 seats in the South Carolina House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 10, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 30, 2014. Incumbent Walt McLeod was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Richard Martin was unopposed in the Republican primary. McLeod defeated Martin in the general election.[3][4][1]

South Carolina State House, District 40, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngWalt McLeod Incumbent 60.1% 6,623
     Republican Richard Martin 39.9% 4,388
Total Votes 11,011

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