CHARLESTON, S.C., Nov. 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The Charleston Defense Contractors Association (CDCA), a non-profit advocacy group for the defense industry in the Charleston metro area, today announced its official support for four political candidates in South Carolina, whose platforms and critical areas of focus align with the organization's mission of growing the region as a crucial defense industry market. The CDCA is also focused on bolstering the industry's ability to develop, attract, retain, and effectively execute on business opportunities that have implications beyond the Charleston metro area. "Since the CDCA's inception, our motto has been to advocate, protect and preserve. Therefore, it's part of our responsibility to work with industry leaders and political candidates who share the same goals when it comes to drawing in defense spending, talent and growth for the Lowcountry," said Joshua Hatter, Vice President, PR Chair, CDCA and senior manager of marketing and business development for General Dynamics Information Technology. "These individual candidates all have a focus on programs and initiatives that will continue to help position the region as a strategic market for defense industry spending, contracts, talent and growth." Each of the candidates supported by the CDCA have held positions on key committees that focus on defense spending, transportation, technology, small business and entrepreneurship, cyber defense, Homeland security, economic development as well as several other subcommittees that are aligned with the core values and goals set forth by CDCA.