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  • Tony Kukulich, The Island News

Andrews differentiates herself from Mace in race for House seat

When Democrat Annie Andrews visited St. Helena Island on Tuesday, Sept. 20, to talk about her race for South Carolina’s 1st Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives, her appearance coincided with the release of her first TV commercial.

Drawing on her experiences as a pediatrician, Andrews put the issue of gun violence at the center of that TV spot.

“I have cared for far too many children who have been shot,” she told supporters gathered at the Gullah Farmers Cooperative on Tuesday. “I don’t have the luxury of looking away.”

Andrews is a professor of Pediatrics at MUSC in Charleston and has been a pediatrician there since 2009. She is married and a mother to three young children.

“I think that Dr. Andrews, as a practicing pediatrician, cares a lot about our children,” said Kathleen Hughes, chair of the Beaufort County Democratic Party. “A lot of the issues that affect the Lowcountry start at that age, and she sees them very clearly in her position as a pediatrician – from education to things like gun safety and healthcare. We have a lot of issues that need solving, not only for adults, but starting in early development. I really think that she really has a holistic view of those and can bring that to Congress.”

While Andrews said she knew she wanted to be a doctor and a mother as far back as kindergarten, she never imagined “in a million years” that she’d be running for political office. Her children have been a motivation for her decision to run.

“The number one reason why I am running is so that my children can see that I was brave in this moment and that I stood up to meet this moment, because we are in an incredibly urgent moment in our nation’s history,” Andrews said. “I want my kids to be proud of what I did to fight for them today.”

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