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Buckholz running for county council

Posted: February 18, 2014 4:47 p.m.
Updated: February 19, 2014 5:00 a.m.

Howard Buckholz

Cassatt businessman Howard “Buck” Buckholz has announced his candidacy for the District 6 seat on the Kershaw County Council, currently held by Tom Gardner.

Buckholz, 56, said he is a conservative Republican. He attended North Carolina State University and majored in Forestry. After graduation, he operated a very successful gas station in Raleigh, N.C., for 20 years, overseeing four full-time mechanics. Buckholz said he has always had close ties to Kershaw County and Cassatt. His parents, and grandparents Charles and Pauline Yarbrough, farmed in the Bethune and Cassatt areas. His sister, Betsye and her husband, Tom, live in the Boykin area. His mother is still living, but his father, George Sr., who was an athletic director in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School District, died in 1991.

Buckholz continued to operate the service station until he got the opportunity to buy McCaskill’s Grocery in Cassatt from owner Joe McCaskill and renamed it the Cassatt Country Store. He and his wife, Debra have had the store for 11 years.

“We have great help. This is the only way anyone and anything can be successful,” he said. “Same way with the county and its people. Concerned citizens must work together to carry out the needs of the community. This is the only way it will work.”

Buckholz said his interest in local politics started years ago.

“I do not care too much about Washington, D.C., but I do care about where I live and the air we breathe. There are always issues, especially concerning our very young and our senior citizens,” he said. “Trust and communication are most important. All businesses large and small create jobs. People have to be happy where they live and work. They need to know their councilman and be able to talk with him just as if it were their next door neighbor.”

Buckholz said he is committed to Kershaw County.

“I love where I live and I want to help protect it. There is no place like home. Public service is what a councilman does. Taxes, roads and law enforcement are just a few of the many important issues. We all need each other to make them work better,” he said. “Providing public service is a lot more than just important. I will work for the good of Kershaw County not just District 6. I have a wonderful family, including a beautiful young granddaughter and three handsome grandsons. It’s like this, it is all about the good of our young people’s future.”

The dates for candidates to file for office are March 16-30. This year’s primaries will be held June 10; the general election is slated for Nov. 4.


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