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Snodgrass announces run for KCC District 5

Posted: February 1, 2018 4:24 p.m.
Updated: February 2, 2018 1:00 a.m.


Rev. David Snodgrass has announced his candidacy for Kershaw County Council District 5.

The district is currently represented by Dennis Arledge, who recently announced his intention to run for county auditor when his term expires on council.

“It is with great honor and enthusiasm that I announce my candidacy as the 5th District’s representative to the Kershaw County Council,” Snodgrass stated in a press release. “I’m running because of my desire to serve our community and my belief that Kershaw County is a special place full of talented people, incredible resources and tremendous opportunities. As citizens of Kershaw County, we have a responsibility to leverage these resources, turning opportunities into a bright future for our citizens and the generations to come.”

 District 5, along with the rest of the county, will play a key role in that future, Snodgrass said. The family farms and agribusinesses of Antioch and Cassatt, the neighborhoods of downtown Camden, throughout the U.S. 1 North corridor and along Black River Road hold substantial potential for Kershaw County’s immediate and long-term growth, he said.

“In order to tap the potential of District 5, I believe it is important that its people and businesses are heard and their interests represented,” Snodgrass said. “It is in this capacity that I want to serve my fellow citizens of District 5 as county council representative.”

As a member of county council, Snodgrass said he will dedicate himself to working with the other council members to build strong, healthy communities, hold government accountable, give a voice to each citizen and find people centered solutions.

“I am confident that the people of District 5 will agree that my background and experiences will enable us to accomplish these goals together,” he said.

A native South Carolinian, Snodgrass moved to Kershaw County in 2011 when he became lead pastor to the congregation at Camden First Church of the Nazarene in Camden.

“It has been my great privilege to work with the leaders of the church since 2011, leading the church in a season of growth, unity, and significant community outreach,” he said.

After coming to Kershaw County, Snodgrass said he quickly found opportunities to work cooperatively with governmental and community leaders to serve for the betterment of the community. He is current president of Christian Community Ministries of Kershaw County, a crisis care ministry that provides assistance to families in Kershaw County in the event of crisis or family emergency. He also serves as president of the Kershaw County Ministerial Association and as a board member of Impact Family Ministries.

Snodgrass said underpinning his strategies goals is a philosophy he calls “People First.”

People first, he said, means that government is responsible to its citizens, not a particular political party or interest group. He has policy principles that shape his viewpoint of the government’s role but his first consideration is that of the people who are affected by government action or inaction.

This also means responsible and transparent government, he said.

“The government’s greatest treasure is the trust of its people,” Snodgrass said. “Without fiscal responsibility and transparency, trust is broken and the citizens are alienated.”

Economic development is a key point; Kershaw County has enormous economic development opportunities that are attractive to companies all over the world, he noted.

“My goal would be to make sure that the eastern sections of our county receive fair consideration when proposing industrial sites to prospective companies,” he said.

A healthy quality life is also very important, he said.

“We are blessed with so many recreational opportunities in our county,” Snodgrass said. “This lifestyle is not only important for our current citizens, but it will be attractive to those looking to relocate here. I’m looking forward to exploring how we can partner with the state of South Carolina and the city of Camden to enhance these opportunities.”

Ultimately, Snodgrass said his family is his top responsibility.

“My family inspires me even more to work hard to make the communities of Kershaw County to be their best,” he said. “I am privileged to be married to Casey Hobgood Snodgrass, who teaches 3rd grade at Camden Elementary School.”

Snodgrass and his wife have two children, both of whom attend Camden Elementary School.

“As I begin my campaign, I look forward to meeting as many residents of District 5 as possible, listening to your concerns and learning about your ideas for progress,” Snodgrass said. “I’m confident that together we can build a great future for our community. Be assured that a vote for me is a vote for a leader who will serve with respect for all and stand up for responsible and transparent government that puts people first.”


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