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Always proud to call Kershaw County home

Posted: November 11, 2010 4:26 p.m.
Updated: November 12, 2010 5:00 a.m.

Running for Governor of South Carolina was an honor and a privilege, and I learned many things during my more than one year journey. Perhaps most importantly, I learned how much I have to give thanks for. And so I want to pause and say a big thank you to the people of Kershaw County. Thank you for the tremendous support you gave in this endeavor. The outpouring of help from our small community was unbelievable. You were so willing to lend your financial support, political support, votes, and incredible encouragement. We had the highest voter percentage turnout of any county in the state! And I was so proud to carry Kershaw County. 

For more than a year, I traveled the length and breadth of this state many times over. It is a great state to live in.  And during that time, I was always reminded of what a wonderful and unique place we live in here in Camden and Kershaw County. We truly have it all -- neighbors who still care about each other; a spirit of community; a real diversity in our population; a tremendous natural environment; great public schools where our children play together regardless of race or income; local governments and private businesses who pull together for the benefit of our communities; and much, much more. 

As I traveled South Carolina talking to our fellow citizens, I often spoke about our county. I felt like I was sprinkling the spirit of our community throughout South Carolina. At the end of the day, most of what I have learned and can share comes from my faith, my family, and my community. My life has been shaped right here in Camden, South Carolina.

Although we were ultimately not successful in a very close race, I have no regrets. Coming home to Kershaw County every night after a long day campaigning was always a welcome feeling; and coming home to Camden even after a close loss made things much better. 

So thank you to all my fellow citizens of Kershaw County for your patience, for your friendships, for making me the person I am today, and for allowing me to proudly serve as the Senator from Kershaw County.

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