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Vote Herndon

Posted: October 18, 2012 11:04 a.m.
Updated: October 19, 2012 5:00 a.m.

When the rest of the country is making their decision on who will be President Tuesday, Nov. 6, our community will make a choice on who will represent our community in Columbia and at the State House.

Do we send back our incumbent House representative who has a government can fix anything philosophy, albeit her message gets lost in the crowd of Republicans? Or do we send a candidate that wholeheartedly believes that real, sustainable solutions come from the private sector and accepting personal responsibility? From the outset, you need to know that the Republican Candidate for House Seat No. 52 David Herndon is my brother. Yes, I may be biased, but my vote will not be cast based on family ties. Also, my thoughts and observations in this letter are mine only.

Nonetheless, David is the logical, best choice to represent our community. Before you answer my question above, let me ask another question and in doing so inform you a little bit about David Herndon. Why is David Herndon running against an incumbent?

You may remember, I was elected to the school board in 1992 and the Kershaw County Council in 2002. Both times, I ran against popular, well-liked incumbents. They had records of service to our community. Maybe I should have stayed out of the race and let them carry on with their vision for our community. Well, I couldn’t. Right or wrong, my parents raised my brothers and I to be active. David is truly running for the seat and opportunity to serve. It runs in our family. From experience, incumbents get so bent out of shape when you run against them. It’s just human nature to think the “seat” is yours after awhile. Growing up, my parents taught us that if we believe we can do a better job, then we have an obligation to try and make things work better. We don’t look at the way things are, we look at how great things could be. In our eyes, incumbents represent the status quo. You are either happy with the way things are, or you’re not. If you want to change the status quo, you do it by voting for the challenger. My brothers and I lost our father two years ago to a fight with multiple sclerosis. He fought MS for over thirty years. Even while fighting the affects of MS, we watched him contribute his time and resources to improve our community in spite of the challenges. When appropriate, my Dad also challenged the system and effected change. David Herndon is carrying on my Dad’s legacy and will work tirelessly to provide a voice for all of Kershaw County.

It’s challenging to run a business, spend time with family, volunteer at church, and (if elected) spend countless hours challenging the status quo in Columbia. David is willing, and capable to do all that. It’s in his DNA to do so. Kershaw County needs a voice and effective representation in Columbia. If elected, David Herndon has the platform and determination to make positive things happen for our community.  His message will not get lost in the committees, appointments, economic development issues, tax issues, public school funding, etc. that is inherent with representatives in the minority party.

Please join me in electing him this November. You will be better off for it, and it will make this little brother very proud of his big brother.

Wesley Herndon


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