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Outlaw: chamber building use not candidate endorsement

Posted: November 19, 2010 8:52 p.m.
Updated: November 22, 2010 5:00 a.m.

An event held at the Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce facility several weeks ago for then-gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley did not represent an endorsement by the chamber, according to the organization’s president, Deborah Outlaw.

Chamber Executive Director Liz Horton said at Tuesday’s chamber board meeting that the Haley bus made a stop in Camden Nov.1, which prompted some complaints from local residents.

“We just wanted to make it clear that the Kershaw County Republican Party rented the chamber facility. There is not a policy in place that prohibits the chamber building from being rented for political events, rallies, etc.,” Outlaw explained. “As of now, all individuals, organizations, candidates, etc., have the opportunity to rent the chamber facility at the posted rates, and the rental of our facility by a political candidate should not imply an endorsement of that particular candidate on the part of the chamber.”

Outlaw said several political candidates have rented the chamber facility in past years, and the chamber “could not justify declining the rental of the facility without a valid unbiased reason.”

In other news, Horton said the “Home for the Holidays” shop local campaign” is officially underway.

Until Dec. 15, Kershaw County residents are asked to bring receipts for purchases that are at least $10 to the chamber to be entered into a drawing for several prizes, which include certificates for services, oil changes, retail gift cards, restaurant gift certificates and holiday floral arrangements.

“It’s just to encourage people to shop locally for the holidays,” Horton said. “Whatever the case may be, if your receipt is over $10, you can bring it to the chamber with your contact information on the back and drop it in the box that we have on the counter downstairs. And on Dec. 15 we’re going to have a few drawings, and those winners will win gift cards to local merchants and other prizes. We’ve already got people bringing in receipts who are pretty excited about that.”

Horton said purchases made from any business located in Kershaw County -- whether from a gas station, grocery store or even a service rendered by a local auto mechanic – are eligible for the drawing.

“As long as it’s at least $10, bring it in,” she said.

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