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Herndon to seek State House seat

Posted: February 17, 2012 3:52 p.m.
Updated: February 20, 2012 5:00 a.m.
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Saying he wants to help reform state government, Kershaw County businessman David Herndon has announced his candidacy for State House District 52.

District 52 includes much of Kershaw County, stretching from the Lugoff-Elgin community to Camden and surrounding areas.

Herndon, running as a Republican, said his primary goal is to restructure government to make it more efficient, accountable and responsive to the needs of citizens.

“There are some good reformers in Columbia right now who are trying to change the way things are done at the State House, but they’re outnumbered,” said Herndon. “They need another ally, and I’m running to give them that ally.”

In addition to several restructuring proposals already proposed, Herndon said he’ll propose a series of reforms such as establishing term limits for elected officials.

“When someone holds an office too long, they tend to become part of the problem rather than the solution. They’re unwilling to challenge the system, because they’ve become part of the system,” Herndon said. “On the other hand, term limits help keep the system healthy by ensuring new blood and fresh ideas. Term limits for elected officials will improve the quality of government.”

Democrat Laurie Slade Funderburk has held the District 52 seat since 2004, he said, and is seeking re-election.

“Ten years is definitely too long for one person to attempt to hold on to our community’s only State House seat,” Herndon said.

The candidate also said his campaign will emphasize his business experience.

“State government badly needs more business people,” Herndon said. “Business people often have unique insights, particularly on job-creation matters and on issues affecting the business community.

“While the incumbent is certainly a fine individual, most people would probably agree that attorneys are already quite well-represented in government, while business people are under-represented. There should be more balance.”

In addition to government reform Herndon said his objectives will include recruiting desirable new businesses -- and jobs -- to the area, as well as finding ways to reduce the tax burden and improve education.

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