Democratic candidates talk jobs, road widening

  • Thursday, March 6, 2014



Rosie Berry said her main priorities in running for the S.C. House District 84 seat are increasing economic development opportunities and creating better jobs in Aiken County.

Berry addressed a crowd of local residents on Saturday during an Aiken County Democratic Party luncheon in the Aiken Electric Cooperative building.

A resident of North Augusta, Berry was joined by S.C. Rep. Bakari Sellers, R-Bamberg, who will be running for the lieutenant governor seat, and Ed Greenleaf, a Richland County resident who is challenging U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., for his seat in Congress.

Specifically, Berry said she’d like to bring forth jobs that pay more than minimum wage.

“We need to have jobs that will move people into managerial positions that also create skilled labor sets,” she said. “And we need to have infrastructure in place that can support that change.”

Sellers has served in the state House since 2007 and could potentially become the first black American elected statewide since 1872. If he becomes the first in over 140 years, Sellers said he wants to take care of the senior citizens in the state.

“Our seniors are the fastest growing population in the state, and we have to make sure we take care of them,” Sellers said. “There are too many seniors living in poverty and I want to make sure we take care of them.”

Sellers added that his plans include working with delegates in Washington, D.C., to improve and widen roads in the state and get new funding for public education.

“There are a lot of issues in the state that I see needs for and I’d like to become a part of that solution,” Sellers said.

Greenleaf also addressed Democratic supporters on Saturday. A new face on the political scene, Greenleaf has served in various organizations throughout the state including Historic Columbia, the United Way, the Cultural Council of Richland and Lexington Counties and Leadership Columbia.

During his address, Greenleaf spoke on his belief that Congress should focus on compromise to prevent another government shutdown.

“‘Compromise’ is not a dirty word,” he said. “For hundreds of years in our country, the government has worked together to solve problems, and I think we need to get back to that.”

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