This time, he won’t be competing against House Ways and Means Chairman Dan Cooper. Cooper recently announced his resignation and plans to end his 21-year career in the General Assembly in June. Cooper narrowly defeated Putnam during last year’s primary, taking just over 51 percent of the vote.
Putnam worked as an intern with Rep. Jeff Duncan’s office during his last semester while attending North Greenville, where his major was marketing and his minor was business administration.
“I was willing to stand up and fight for them when no one else was willing to fight for them,” he said.
Putnam says his main focus would be job creation. Meanwhile, he has two jobs — he works as a supervisor for a landscaping business and at a clothing store in Greenville.
He would like to see the state focus on more of a consumption tax while lowering the corporate, income and property tax. He says he would like to start by lowering the state’s corporate income tax.
Filing ends on May 23, and the Powdersville Post will offer complete coverage of all of the candidates.