Michael Seymour announced on Tuesday his intention to run for House Seat 14 in the Republican Primary to be held Tuesday, Feb. 19. Seymour owns Print-A-Matic, Inc., in downtown Laurens and he and Kym live at Lake Greenwood.
Seymour has a long record of public service with tangible outcomes.
He was first elected to public office in 1996 and has held a seat on the Laurens County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) for 21 years, serving several years as Chairman. During this time, the district secured over $1 million dollars for the county from federal and state programs to help with local agriculture, wildlife, education and flooding issues. The Laurens County SWCD won the S.C. Outstanding Conservation District of the Year Award. Seymour served four years as Secretary of the Executive Committee for the State Association of Conservation Districts (SCACD).
As Legislative Chair of the SCACD, Seymour was presented the President’s Award in recognition of increasing the conservation district’s state funding in all 46 counties by 150 percent over six years. He was also presented a commendation from the House of Representatives for his conservation work and partnerships with the Department of Natural Resources and U.S. Dept. of Agriculture.
Seymour’s father founded Print-A-Matic in 1979, and Michael took over in 1992.
“Owning a successful business in Laurens and employing people for the last 40 years is as satisfying as anything can be if you have an entrepreneurial spirit,” Seymour said.
Seymour has been heavily involved in community organizations. Most recently he was President of the Rotary Club of Laurens and is currently serving as Assistant Governor for Rotary District 7750. He has served as President of the Laurens County Touchdown Club and President of The 100 Club of Laurens County (Economic Development). He has served as a member on the Chamber Board, the Joe Adair Outdoor Education Center Foundation Board, the Reedy River Task Force, and the S.C. Nature Based Tourism Agency. He led last year’s Friends of Scouting Campaign for Laurens County. Seymour graduated from Leadership Laurens County, the Rotary Leadership Institute, and is a Self Civic Fellow from the Strom Thurmond Institute at Clemson University.
“I will run a positive campaign on the issues, focusing on lowering the tax burden on our families, recruiting industry that will bring in good-paying jobs, educating our workforce, working to make sure our seniors receive the healthcare they need, protecting our Second Amendment rights, improving our education system, and providing strong support for our veterans and first responders,” said Seymour.
Born in Asheville, N.C., Michael has been in Laurens since 1979, first graduating from LDHS in 1983, then raising a family, running a business and working with local legislators and other officials on economic, agricultural, wildlife and educational issues. Family roots in Laurens County include great grandfather, J.W. Thompson, County Auditor, great-great grandfather, O.G. Thompson, Probate Judge, as well as an uncle, Dr. Reuben Marlowe, Pastor of First United Methodist Church.
Seymour said that the main focus of his campaign will be to continue his strong working relationship with the delegation and look out for the citizens of District 14 first and foremost. This will include economic development, agriculture issues, healthcare for the elderly in rural communities, increasing teacher pay with the goal of recruiting and retaining excellence, as well as meeting the needs of our law enforcement and first responders.