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Connell enters KCC District 3 race

Posted: April 18, 2016 5:45 p.m.
Updated: April 19, 2016 1:00 a.m.
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Ben Connell

Attorney Ben Connell has officially announced his decision to run for the Kershaw County Council District 3 seat. Current District 3 Councilman C.R. Miles Jr. recently announced he is not seeking reelection.

It is an honor to run for the Kershaw County Council District 3 seat in Elgin,” Connell said in a press release. “From the creation of the Kershaw Community Playground located in West Wateree, which I helped sponsor, to the presence of Capella Health, soon to be a $1.7 billion dollar company, it is truly an exciting time to live in the Elgin community. I am running for this office because I want to give back to the community that raised me and provided me with so many opportunities. I believe that my experience, vision, and leadership skills will allow me to serve the Elgin community effectively and bring a fresh new voice to county council. In addition, my business experience will help me make wise decisions with taxpayer dollars.

Connell graduated from Lugoff-Elgin High School in 2000 as an academic honor graduate, national wrestling champion and Shrine Bowl team member. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a double major in economics at the University of North Carolina (UNC)-Chapel Hill, serving as captain for its NCAA wrestling team. Next, he received a Juris Doctorate from the UNC School of Law, where he was named the most outstanding oral advocate. Following law school, he worked for the largest law firm in South Carolina with a focus on litigation and trial work. Ben also started a successful business which created and still supports jobs in South Carolina, Dock Blocks of North America LLC.

“Having decided Kershaw County was the best place to raise my family and grow my business, I moved back to my home county and now work in Lugoff as an attorney at the Connell Law Firm LLC,” Connell said. “It has been an honor to work with several local leaders in Kershaw County. I currently serve on the board for the Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce, the advisory board for Capella Health, and most recently I served the VisionKershaw 2030 effort as a Core Team member. By focusing on economic development, education, and quality of life, and working to establish its prominence in South Carolina, my goal is to make sure the Elgin community is known as a great place to live, work, worship, play and raise families.”

Connell lives in Elgin, has been married to his wife, Kristin, for 12 years, and has two daughters, Annabelle, 5, and Alexis, 2.

“Instead of more political resumes, I believe that we need more common sense in government. Common sense suggests we need improved traffic controls and road expansion along the Highway 1 and White Pond Road corridors in Elgin to account for current and future transit needs. Common sense indicates that unless we are proactive, Elgin’s identity may be diluted as Northeast Columbia continues to grow. I understand what it means to be a representative and advocate since I fight for my clients every day and work to build consensus. As a local business owner, Kershaw County native, and parent of young children, I care deeply about our future and look forward to the opportunity of serving everyone in Kershaw County District 3,” Connell said.

He said those looking for more information on his campaign can contact him at P.O. Box 1154 Elgin, SC 29078, call me at (803) 408-8500, email ben@lawconnell.com, or search Facebook for “Ben Connell 2016.”

The Republican Primary election will be held on Tuesday, June 14. There are no Democrats running for the seat, so the primary will serve as the District 3 election.

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