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Blackwell announces run for KCC chair

Posted: March 15, 2018 4:46 p.m.
Updated: March 16, 2018 1:00 a.m.
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Roddy Blackwell

Roddy Blackwell has announced that he is running for Kershaw County Council Chairman.

Blackwell, a Camden native and manager of the Bank of America branch in Camden, said he will work hard to bring change to Kershaw County.

“Change and leadership are two words that carry a lot of weight but also take some of the hardest work to achieve,” Blackwell said. “Every election year, I hear these words get thrown around with ease, but no conviction. Another word in that same mix? Promise. As I strive to bring change through my leadership in Kershaw County, I will not waiver from any promise I make to guide us to a better future.”

Blackwell said he wants to run and become involved because he has seen too many changes occur and too many decisions made with which he disagrees.

“No more,” he said. “The decisions being made right now are impacting our families and will shape life here for future generations -- our children, our grandchildren.”

One example, Blackwell said, is the school bond referendum and penny sales tax; he believes it passed in part due to a veiled threat that taxes would be raised to build schools if the bond was not passed.

“It was held over the heads of Kershaw’s citizens that if we did not vote to pass the penny tax, they would build the new schools anyway and raise taxes to pay for it.  It passed and now they raised taxes anyway. They’re already talking about raising taxes again,” he said.

Blackwell said council needs to find ways to cut spending. He said he has spoken with many small business owners who tell him they may not survive in business if the county continues with present policies and actions.

“We have our current businesses in a stranglehold and are driving new businesses to surrounding counties,” he said. “There will be no growth to our county if we continue on this path … with my leadership, I plan to work alongside every single person that sits on council to make Kershaw County as prosperous as possible. It means getting in the dirt and finding our current flaws and fixing them.”

Blackwell, who grtaduated from Camden High School in 2004, lives in Camden with his wife and daughter. For more information or to contact him, go to Blackwell for County Council on Facebook or visit his website at www.blackwellforkershawcounty.com.

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