Davis, former Rep. Gilham endorse Andy Patrick

State Sen. Tom Davis, R-Beaufort, and former state Rep. Jo Anne Gilham have endorsed Andy Patrick in his bid to unseat three-term incumbent Richard Chalk in Tuesday's Republican primary runoff for the state House District 123 seat.

In an advertisement in The Island Packet paid for by Patrick's campaign, Gilham and Davis wrote, "For the past six years, Hilton Head has not had an effective voice in the S.C. House of Representatives. Our gas taxes pay for highway projects elsewhere, and our school taxes pay for education in upstate counties. The passive approach of simply 'going along to get along' with party leadership in Columbia has not worked and never will. We strongly support Andy Patrick because he will be the fighter that Hilton Head so desperately needs."

Patrick was pleased to have the endorsement, particularly of Davis.

"Tom is who inspired me to run in the first place," Patrick said."I observed during his campaign the spirit with which he serves Beaufort County. We needed that same representation for Hilton Head."