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Miles launches re-election campaign

Posted: February 28, 2012 5:07 p.m.
Updated: February 29, 2012 5:00 a.m.

C.R. Miles is seeking re-election to the District 3 seat of Kershaw County Council.

Elected in 2008, Miles said he welcomes the opportunity to continue to work with his colleagues on council.

“I have a very good working relationship with the other council members and we work together as a team to complete common goals,” he said.

Miles indicated that if re-elected, one of his top focal points will be recruiting industry.

“Kershaw County has many resources to offer and welcomes new businesses into the county. Promoting economic development should always be a top priority with county council,” Miles said.

He noted he also wants to continue to adhere to his original platform, which includes providing and maintaining public service; maintaining and upgrading county infrastructure; continuing road maintenance and improvements; and protecting taxpayers’ interests.

Miles said he’s proud of the accomplishments he and council have made during his first term, particularly the completion of the new Blaney Fire Department building in Elgin.

“That was a pretty good leap forward,” he said.

The 4,800-square-foot facility, completed in August 2011 was an upgrade in size from the department’s old station located on Rose Street and features updated equipment including a new sprinkler system and firefighter living quarters.

According to Miles, the construction of the station also helped improve the area’s Insurance Service Office (ISO) rating. The rating scale is one of the elements used by insurance companies to determine premiums for residents and businesses. He said he will be working with other members of council on a plan to hire more full-time firefighters for the county.

Miles’ district was somewhat altered as a result of the county’s 2011 redistricting plan. The District 3 population has changed from more than 13,500 residents to about 10,000.

“I kind of lost population on both sides of Elgin,” he said. “I used to go to about the county line on both sides, but not after redistricting.”

Miles is a lifelong resident of Kershaw County. He and his wife, Debbie, have three sons: Charlie and his wife, Jackie; Casey; and Chandler.

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