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Arledge running for KCC Seat 5

Posted: January 16, 2014 5:03 p.m.
Updated: January 17, 2014 5:00 a.m.

Camden insurance agent Dennis G. Arledge plans to run for the District 5 seat on Kershaw County Council. Councilman Stephen Smoak, who currently holds Seat No. 5, recently announced he will not seek reelection after serving two four-year terms. Arledge has owned and operated his Allstate agency for 18 years.

“I grew up here in Camden and spent about 10 years in Columbia with school and employment and moved back here in 1984,” Arledge said.

He said he has not held elected office before, but has been involved in local government and has a background in finance that would be useful as a councilman.

“I just resigned as municipal judge in Elgin. The town appointed me three years ago,” Arledge said. “I’m currently on the board for Mid Carolina Credit Union. Prior to insurance, I worked for several financial institutions. I’m very familiar with what’s required to meet a budget and balance the books.”

Alredge said he is also past chairman of the KershawHealth Board of Visitors. He was on the board for six years, two as chairman.

“I think my biggest qualification is running my own business and meeting the payroll and dealing with federal, state and local taxes,” he said.

Alredge is married to the former Lori Schroder and the couple has three adult sons; John, Hank and Gordon, all of whom reside in Kershaw County.

“That’s part of my reasoning for running,” Arledge said. “They’re going to try to live here and someday try to raise a family here and I’m looking at what I can do to make that path a little better. The three areas that I think are the biggest concerns for county council are first -- safety. People want to feel safe in their homes and schools. Also, people want an opportunity to earn a decent living. I believe we do that not just with large industry, but we have wonderful opportunities for small businesses. I’m a big advocate for small business and that’s one of the things I’ll focus on. The last thing is, we are to provide competitive educational opportunities that will prepare our students for advanced studies and training.”

The officially election filing period opens March 16 and ends March 30; the election will be held Nov. 4.

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