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Burns to run for re-election

Posted: March 19, 2018 4:14 p.m.
Updated: March 20, 2018 1:00 a.m.
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KCC Chairman Julian Burns

Julian Burns, the chairman of Kershaw County Council, has announced he will be running for re-election in the June 12 Republican Primary.

Elected to his first four-year term in 2014, Burns said he has been able to accomplish much for Kershaw County and its citizens since he was sworn into office in January 2015. However, there is more work to be done and Burns is up for the challenge of a second term as county council chairman, he said.

“Kershaw County is truly one team of more than 60,000 of the best people I have ever known. With my background in the public sector and business world, I have the vision, leadership and experience we need to make an even bigger difference in Kershaw County,” Burns said. “Just like we’re seeing across the nation, our county is in a prime position to move forward and I’m honored and ready to help Kershaw County reach our goals”

During his first term as chairman, Burns was involved in the creation and adoption of VisionKershaw 2030, a guide for the growth and quality of life of Kershaw County which has been recognized at the state and national level for its long-term planning, community participation and foresight.

Jobs and economic development remain Burns’ top priority, he said. More than $250 million in new investments and more than 600 new jobs have been created in Kershaw County during Burns’ tenure. Burns noted that Kershaw’s “Open for Business” platform extends to “the investments we’ve made to better present the county and to having a trained and ready workforce for expanding existing businesses and attracting new businesses. Central Carolina Technical College’s expansion and new campus investment in Kershaw County, along with ATEC (Applied Technical Education Campus) are helping us do just that -- preparing our residents for the jobs of the future -- a crucial point in attracting new businesses. And, it has already helped reduce unemployment in Kershaw County from 7 percent (in Jan 2017) down to 4 percent (Jan 2018).”

Burns also said he is proud Kershaw County Council was able to find solutions to save countywide ambulance services for all residents; to protect the Wateree watershed; to preserve local, quality healthcare through KershawHealth; and to provide more parks and recreational opportunities, among other accomplishments.

“There is much more to do to grow our communities and businesses for our children and future generations,” Burns said. “As more and more businesses see Kershaw County as ‘The Great Place’ it is to live, work, learn, worship and raise a family, the more certain I am we will assure a prosperous future for our kids to inherit.”

Julian and his wife, Ruth Ann, live in Camden. They have three grown daughters and four grandchildren. Burns is a native of Kershaw County and graduated from Camden High before he received an appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point. Burns went on to earn a master’s degree from the University of Southern California. He retired as a major general from the U.S. Army after serving more than 35 years and served as vice president of BAE, the largest defense manufacturer of ground systems in the United States.

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