By David Quick for The Island Eye News
A familiar face in East Cooper is seeking to represent the community in Columbia.
David Quick is running for the South Carolina House of Representatives, District 112. Quick retired as a writer and photographer for The Post and Courier after 30 years of service and has lived within the boundaries of the district the entire time.
The district encompasses Sullivan’s Island, Isle of Palms and eastern and northern portions of Mount Pleasant, including “old Mount Pleasant,” the Rifle Range Road corridor, Snee Farm, Brickyard Plantation, Park West and Carolina Park.
“I know this community, the changes it’s been through and the challenges it faces today and in the future,” said Quick. “I care deeply about protecting and preserving our quality of life.”
Alarmed at the increasing threats to the Lowcountry – notably seismic testing and offshore oil drilling – he left journalism to play a more active role in serving, especially in conservation arenas. He has volunteered with Charleston Waterkeeper, the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, Charleston Surfrider, the Audubon Society of South Carolina, the local and state Sierra Club and the Charleston Climate Coalition on a range of initiatives. Those include fighting seismic testing and offshore drilling; opposing Dominion Energy’s takeover of SCE&G and efforts to undercut new solar energy laws; reducing plastic and marine pollution in our waterways and along roadways; building “oyster reef” infrastructure for erosion control and cleaning water; supporting the restoration of the Crab Bank bird sanctuary; and organizing tree plantings.
When the medical clinic at the Center for Birds of Prey was in dire need of volunteers last year, Quick put in 300+ hours at the clinic, as well as catching and transporting injured birds to the clinic in Awendaw in 2019 and earlier this year.
Quick also serves on the board of directors of the nonprofit Friends of Coastal South Carolina, which supports environmental education and the conservation efforts of the Palmetto State’s coastal reserves, including the Francis Marion National Forest and Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge.
“I’m a firm believer in the idea that talk is cheap and you must ‘walk the walk,’” said Quick.
Besides continuing to fight offshore drilling, Quick will work to unleash solar and wind energy in South Carolina; reform the Public Service Commission; support public education and teachers; improve health and health care; defend home rule for municipalities; and back infrastructure to help reduce traffic burdens and provide safety for pedestrians and bicyclists.
Quick, a lifelong competitive runner and sometimes bike commuter, is keenly aware of unsafe roadways and the need for improved infrastructure and will support Rep. Marvin Pendarvis’ “complete streets” bill.
Quick also aspires to introduce a “bottle bill” that will incentivize the return of plastic, aluminum and glass beverage containers to manufacturers for recycling.
“Recycling in its current state is broken in America, and we need to seek solutions that actually work,” said Quick, noting that there are 10 states that already offer a refund system.
Quick is running in the Democratic primary, set for June 9.
Because of concerns about COVID-19 impacting turnout, Quick urges people to learn more about voter registration, absentee voting and casting votes via mail by visiting www.votebluesc.com – which was created by the Charleston County Democratic Party.