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Drakeford to run for mayor

Posted: March 7, 2016 7:10 p.m.
Updated: March 8, 2016 1:00 a.m.
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Alfred Mae Drakeford

In an announcement sent to the C-I, Camden City Councilwoman Alfred Mae Drakeford says she will be a candidate for mayor this year.

Known by most residents of Camden as simply “Alfred Mae,” Drakeford said she has dedicated her life to serving the public and was first elected to city council in November 2004. With her announcement, she becomes the first candidate to declare her candidacy.

With a strong background in business and education, Drakeford said she is running for mayor to create a better future for all Camden citizens.

“With 12 years of governmental experience in Camden, I have both the vision and leadership skills to make a difference in our hometown,” Drakeford said. “Just like we’re seeing on the world stage, our city is ready to move forward and I am ready to help us reach our goals.”

Drakeford said she will focus her administration on working to create better job training, as well as economic development and education opportunities.

“I will work diligently to put aside the hollow politics of the past and create real action for the people of our great city,” Drakeford said. “I will bring my proven record of performance and energy on constituent issues and put them to work on this campaign to provide a foundation of greater stability for all residents of Camden. Our city cannot afford to lose another generation because young people feel they have to move from Camden in order to make it on their own.”

Following a 33-year career with E.I. DuPont de Nemours and Company, Drakeford focused her full-time attention and efforts on improving the city of Camden. She said her efforts have included: a $25 million truck route; a $35 million waste treatment plant; a $2 million renovation of the city’s Rhame Arena; getting the Ross Beard gun collection added to the city’s archives; $107,000 in grants to improve the façade of buildings downtown; the creation of a tourism director position with the city; improved practices for downtown storm drainage, restoration and parking projects; more neighborhood improvement grants; prescription drug benefits for employees of the city of Camden and Kershaw County; originator of the two-year Central Carolina Technical College tuition-free program for local high school students; as well as additional grants, funds and ordinances to improve the city.

In 2000, Drakeford was recognized for her contributions when she was named Humanitarian of the Year for Kershaw County.

Drakeford was also recognized for her extraordinary contributions by the Girl Scouts of South Carolina as a Woman of Distinction; earned the Regional Trail Blazer Award in South Carolina, Florida and Georgia for outstanding community service; honored by the United Way with the Jake F. Watson Award for community service; and featured in Columbia Business Weekly.

Among the entities she listed as volunteering her time to include: board chair of the Santee Lynches Regional Council of Government; board chair of United Way of Kershaw County; board member of Kershaw County Habitat for Humanity, the National Black Caucus for Local Elected Officials, Heritage Community Bank Advisory Board, Boys and Girls Advisory Board; past board member of the Municipal Association of South Carolina and Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce; active member of the county’s Housing Partnership, Hunger/Homelessness committee, Human Development and Small Cities councils, Women in Municipal Government, and “Welcome Table” addressing reconciliation; past president of the Camden Rotary; and the driving force behind the funding of the Camden truck route which will make it a reality. She said she is an active spokesperson in both church and civic organizations that mentor and encourage future leaders at the local, state and national level.

Educated in the public schools of Kershaw County, Drakeford is a graduate of the University of South Carolina with a bachelor’s in Business Management. In addition, she holds 30-plus hours of Business Management and continuing education from USC.  Drakeford said she has also enhanced her leadership by completing Leadership Kershaw, Leadership South Carolina and the Riley Institute’s Diversity Leadership programs.

A lifetime and active member of St. John Baptist Church, she is married to Ernest Drakeford Jr.  They have one daughter, Mrs. Reginald “Kimberly” Mosley, and one granddaughter.

For more information, Drakeford invited residents to email her at drakeford_for_mayor@yahoo.com.

 

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