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Marlon Kimpson

MARLON KIMPSON

State Senator - District 42

                                                                          
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WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU'D LIKE PEOPLE TO KNOW ABOUT YOU?

My full-time job is practicing law, mostly outside of the state of South Carolina. My practice area is securities litigaion, representing shareholders against publicly traded companies accused of fraud.

WHAT ARE THREE TRAITS THAT DEFINE YOU?

Hardworker, skilled in time management and integrity.

 

What drove you to run for public office?

As a young high school student, I volunteered to help with potential campaigns and interest grew from there. After graduation from college, I became First Vice-Chair of the SC Democratic Party.

what experiences have you had while serving as a State senator that have influenced and/or changed your perspective on your areas of focus including improving public schooling, advancing racial and gender diversity, and expanding healthcare coverage to those who are economically disadvantaged?

As my children are getting to be school-aged, I am becoming increasingly aware of the challenges that public schools face and have become more involved in a better classroom experience for students, teachers and parents, regardless of what zip code someone lives in. I believe we are stronger together. Ethnic diversity is important not only because it's morally right, but also a good business decision. The greatest asset a state has is a healthy and intelligent citizenry.

HOW DO YOU ALREADY MAKE CONSCIOUS EFFORTS TO IMPROVE YOUR OWN HEALTH OR THE HEALTH OF YOUR FAMILY/FRIENDS?

I schedule in workouts and training sessions throughout my week to make sure I stay as fit and healthy as I can. My family and I get regular check-ups and eat healthy meals. I constantly monitor my weight so that I can be conscious of my eating habits.

what motivates you to improve your own health and wellbeing?

My motivation for improving my health and wellbeing is simply because it makes me feel better as a person, and to be a good role model for my two children.

being so engaged in both Charleston and dorchester counties, do you believe that we have any clear opportunities for improving health in our area?

I think there are a lot of opportunities in our area to improve health. We have beaches to walk on, parks to play in, and outdoor activities and festivals happening on any given weekend. There are also more healthy eating alternatives around the area. I have teamed up with Dr. Thaddeus John Bell to implement programs for K-12 students with a focus on developing healthy eating habits.

WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO THE RESIDENTS OF THE COUNTIES YOU REPRESENT TO ENCOURAGE THEM TO TAKE ACTION AND OWNERSHIP OF THEIR WELLBEING?

Healthy individuals make happy and productive individuals. When we eat right, exercise and get enough sleep, we can reduce stress and accomplish whatever we need to during the day to become good role models for our children and families. If you're like me, I want to live as long as possible so I can spend time with my children.

you recently made the post and courier's list of "who to watch in sc senate 2019" for your outspoken approach to mental health rights following the unnecessary death of two mentally ill patients being transported in a horry county sherrif's van after it washed out in flood waters. what do you believe are the greatest barriers to advancing mental health awareness and access to care in our state? what concerns do you have about current mental health culture in our county?

My concern about the current mental health culture is that it is so stigmatized by society (and not just menatl health, but many other issues as well), that people may be afraid to reach out for help when they really need it. Also, my concern is that when they do reach out for help, it should be in a safe environment where regulations are followed to ensure the wellbeing of those individuals.

My concern about people who have mental health challenges is that they are also stigmatized by society and treated often times like criminals. For example, Wendy Newton and Nicolette Green voluntarily committed themselves for mental health treatment, but were being transported in a cage-type paddywagon, handcuffed with chains. But for one tragic event happening in our lives, we are all vulnerable to suffering from either temporary or permanent mental illness. In South Carolina, we have not allocated the appropriate funding levels for crisis stabilization and treatment.

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