Letters to the Editor

This election year, the Aiken County Democratic Party is pleased to have many fine candidates who are ready to work for the people of Aiken County to improve our schools, protect our natural resources, create better job opportunities and most importantly, listen to and serve the diverse needs and interests of the people of Aiken County. At the top of our ticket are Rep. James E. Smith and Rep. Mandy Powers-Norrell for Governor and Lt. Governor. Rep. Smith is a lawyer and an army combat veteran in Afghanistan. Rep. Norrell is a lawyer from Lancaster who returned to her hometown to practice after law school. They have pledged to work to improve education for the children of our state, to expand Medicaid and to end the culture of corruption in the Statehouse.

We have three excellent candidates for the S.C. House in Elise Fox for House 81, Bill Clyburn in House 82 and Jennifer Lariscey in House 84. Elise is also committed to improving education, by having the state provide the full funding to each district that has been promised. She is also a chemist whose professional expertise is in renewable energy. She understands as much as anyone the energy issues that we are currently facing and we need her voice, knowledge and experience in Columbia. Bill Clyburn continues to serve us well as the ranking minority member of the House Ways and Means Committee. He understands how the state government budget affects the lives of all South Carolinians. Jennifer Lariscey faced the tragedy of losing her husband to an opioid addiction and has since become a strong advocate for reforms that will reduce the number of such horrific deaths. We need her voice in the State House to carry on this mission.

At the county level we have Juanita Hall and Debra Larke running for County Council in Districts 2 and 5. Both of these women are eager to step up and represent the people in their districts who frequently don’t have a voice. They recognize that the county is facing many pressures and opportunities from anticipated growth and the infrastructure needs to be able to keep up with this growth. They will bring fresh perspectives to County Council.

While the School Board elections are nonpartisan, we support the incumbents Rosemary English, Wesley Hightower and Levi Green. Their proven leadership is seen in the continued improvement in Aiken county schools and in the vision to renovate, expand and build new schools countywide to give every student the opportunity for a 21st century education.

Finally, the candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives for the second district is Sean Carrigan. As an army veteran with 28 years of service, he is committed to representing all the people of the second District. He supports improving veterans’ care and adding a Medicare buy-in at 55.

We hope that all voters in Aiken County will take a careful look at these Democratic candidates. They will all represent us well.

Ann Willbrand

Aiken County Democratic Party

Executive Committee