I would like to focus on these issues:
Economic Development, Job Creation, and Educational Accountability.
About Kirkman Finlay
KIRKMAN ON FAMILY: In 1997 Kirkman married Kathleen Ravenel from Charleston, SC and together they are raising three daughters: Kay, Mary Fleming (May May), and Hattie. The children attend Heathwood Hall Episcopal School. Dr. Mary Fleming Finlay, Kirkman's mother, was a biology professor at Benedict College for over 20 years and is now retired. His late father, Kirkman Finlay Jr., was a founding member of the law firm Boyd, Knowlton, Tate, & Finlay, known today as Haynesworth, Sinkler & Boyd. Kirkman Finlay Jr. served for a total of 12 years on Columbia City Council: 8 years as Mayor and 4 years as a councilmember. The late Mayor Finlay is widely credited for creating the Columbia we enjoy today and his vision culminated in the development of The Vista.
KIRKMAN ON COMMUNITY: Born and raised in Columbia, South Carolina, Kirkman has lived here the majority of his life, other than his time away to attend school. As a small business owner and entrepreneur, Kirkman farms 6,000 acres of corn, wheat and soybean crops and manages Doc's BBQ, Millstone at Adams Pond, and Pawleys Front Porch in Five Points and Mt. Pleasant. Kirkman’s business ventures have created more than 75 jobs in our community. Kirkman has been involved in and has served on the boards of Palmetto Health Foundation, Central Carolina Community Foundation, Ducks Unlimited, Heathwood Hall Episcopal School, and the Boy Scouts of America and donating time and resources to many local charities. He is co-founder and co-chair of The Gray Horton Scholarship at the University of Virginia.
KIRKMAN ON PUBLIC SERVICE: Elected as Columbia City Councilmember from District 4, Kirkman served the City for four years, and became widely known and respected as a vigilant watchdog for the tax payer. Public service is not the only way that Kirkman Finlay serves his community. His primary interests are in initiatives that benefit our state through the protection of our environment and the advocacy of children and families. Kathleen and Kirkman also are active supporters of the arts community.
KIRKMAN ON CONSERVATION: Kirkman believes that conservation and traditional land use are important issues for our State. He has been an integral part of placing 3,000 acres under easement. These easements protect the natural beauty of our state, for future generations to enjoy.