Michael Letts

Republican candidate for Richland County Council District 8.

Email: mletts@investusa.org                                                      

Website: www.lettsforcountycouncil.com

Occupation: Founder, President , CEO – InVest USA, Businessman

Education: BS-Business Administration- Liberty University

Experience in Political or Related Positions:

I served for 26 years on the Council of the Central Midlands Council of Governments, to help find solutions to local traffic and congestion problems.

I am also highly regarded for my extensive community involvement. For example, I was honored by Richland School District 2 for my volunteer efforts. And I was awarded the Order of the Palmetto -- South Carolina's highest civilian honor – by then-Gov. David Beasley for my work in support of law enforcement.

I am a recipient of the Congressional Gold Medal Award for Community Service, a prestigious award presented by the U.S. Congress which honors private citizens who go above and beyond to improve their local communities.

I am also a volunteer Chaplain with various South Carolina Law Enforcement Agencies and an associate pastor at Eastside Baptist Church.

Why should voters choose you in this election?

The decision to offer for public service was not something I took lightly. I spent many months praying and discussing this decision with family, friends and community leaders.

Ultimately, my love for my Richland County community led me to "throw my hat in the ring." I've long believed in doing my part to improve my area's quality of life -- from volunteering in the schools and supporting local charities, to working with elected officials of both parties to improve our quality of life in Richland County. And as you may know, I'm also the founder and president of In-Vest USA, a Richland County-based nonprofit organization which raises funds to equip law enforcement officers with life-saving bulletproof vests.

Serving my neighbors as a member of County Council simply seemed like a logical extension of my community service.