By Clay N. Middleton
One of the United States Army’s Seven Values is Selfless Service; putting the needs of others before your own. This is truly the essence of being an elected official, but rarely the reality. Some focus on themselves, some give the perception of action, and others put the community first. Learning the system to improve it, to be effective, and be a reliable public servant is what State Rep. David Mack, III has done for 24 years on behalf of his constituents in House District 109 and the greater community at large. He has always put the needs of others before his own.
He and his wife, Sheryl, have always been sought after to help people and support causes that impact the African-American community, those taken for granted, and the marginalized. Often unnoticed, I’ve seen their body of work first hand over the years. This level of selfless service and integrity will be missed in the public square. However, I’m glad that being elected has not defined Rep. Mack’s worth, influence, and his work.
As a mentor, Rep. Mack allowed me to spend time with him in Columbia at the State House while I was a cadet at The Citadel. Since that time, his door, the radio station, and his time has always been open. Our relationship and the opportunities he has provided me is not unique. He has always been willing to help those seeking to learn, nurture curiosity, give sound advice, and listen to those trying to find their voice. This speaks volumes of his character and efforts to build, develop, and support future leaders and public servants.
From sickle cell awareness, Labor activities, and Chair of the Subcommittee on Banking and Consumer Affairs – Rep. Mack has never compromised his integrity, sought attention, or taken the easy way out. You know where he stands and that his north star is pure.
Retirement is something we all work towards. Rep. Mack and his family have served us well and deserve a little more free time in their schedule. It is my hope and the hope of others they rest now in order to have the energy and commitment needed for the next phase in their life and the next cause they will tackle.
Thank you Rep. Mack and Mrs. Mack for what you have done and what you will continue to do to improve our communities and make our children’s future brighter. If I’m ever blessed to be an elected official, my family and I will have your selfless service as a fitting example.