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Drayton announces for District 50 seat

Posted: March 10, 2016 6:33 p.m.
Updated: March 11, 2016 1:00 a.m.

Tom Drayton

Former Bishopville mayor Tom Drayton recently announced his candidacy for S.C. House District 50, the seat currently held by S.C. Rep. Grady Brown. Brown recently announced he is not seeking reelection. District 50 includes portions of Kershaw County, including Bethune and the Antioch community.

In an email to the Chronicle-Independent, Drayton said he was born and raised in Lee County.

“I was educated in Lee County public schools, I attended college and joined the U.S. Marine Corp.,” Drayton said. “I was in Vietnam from December 1968 to December 1969 in the 1st Marine Division. I returned home in 1970 and went into business with my father and mother. I am now president and owner of City Nursery Farm Inc.”

Drayton said he has spent the last 46 years in the nursery business. He served on Bishopville City Council for eight years and another eight years as mayor. Drayton said he also served on the S.C. Highway Commission for four years and has served on other boards and committees.

“I have 46 years of business experience, and I know the ups and downs of business. I have been involved with budgets and the way government is run for many years, so I feel like I’m qualified to hold this office,” Drayton said of the District 50 House seat.

He said he believes in constituent service “because the office belongs to the people.”

“My door will always be open, and I can’t wait to visit with you all and talk about my platform and how we will serve District 50 together,” he said.

Drayton is married to Ami Mathews Drayton. They have five children and three grandchildren. They are members of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Bishopville.


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