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Beverly Ray-Dowey announces run for auditor

Posted: March 26, 2018 5:34 p.m.
Updated: March 27, 2018 1:00 a.m.
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Beverly Ray-Dowey

Beverly Ray-Dowey has announced she is running for Kershaw County Auditor.

Ray-Dowey said she is running so she can serve the citizens of Kershaw County. She said she wants the tax payers of Kershaw County to have the best representation and use of tax dollars through the auditor’s office.

“I have been moved by those I have spoken to during this journey as a candidate and my goal will be to serve those of Kershaw County, relentlessly and with an open heart, as a collaborative problem solver, while supporting the mission and vision of the Kershaw County administration and the  Kershaw County Council,” Ray-Dowey said.

This is her first time running for public office, Ray-Dowey said. Her goal is to serve others relentlessly with integrity and a competent manner; to offer a tireless and transparent work ethic and a customer service second to none; to promote fiscal responsibility and accuracy in accounting to reduce waste of taxpayers’ dollars; and continue the quest to make Kershaw County government equitable, more efficient and essential for growth and development, Ray-Dowey said.

“The citizens of Kershaw County deserve a local government on which they can depend, trust, and in whom they can believe when it comes to service and reliability,” Ray-Dowey said. “I will serve the citizens and will do it with great pride.”

Ray-Dowey said she believes in lending an ear to those who may have issues, providing an open door policy that promotes excellent communication, and she will encourage and promote exceptional customer service within the auditor’s office at all times.

“I am truly passionate about providing service, as it reflects the transparency of any institution and demonstrates the worth of the community,” she said. “I will work tirelessly to be a problem solver for citizens and provide a second-to-none customer service approach within the office.”

Ray-Dowey has worked in education as an administrator, a teacher of science, health, and physical education, a school construction facilitator on special assignment and a sports coach during the past 29 years. She began her career within the Kershaw County School District, where she worked for 16 years before transferring to Richland County School District One as an administrator for five years and a program facilitator for eight years. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of South Carolina in Physical and Health Education, a Master Degree from Francis Marion University in Education, and a Master Degree in Administrative Leadership from Winthrop University. She is the co-founder of P.L.U.G., (Purpose-driven Leadership; Unifying Generations) Outreach in Richland County School District One, the goals of which are helping parents and high school students by promoting leadership, service opportunities, and providing assistance to those families of urban youth. In addition, she and her husband have several personal businesses as independent distributors and as dealers in antiquities in Camden.

In addition, Ray-Dowey has experience in maintaining budgets for various departments in which she supervised, including assisting athletics and overseeing student activities as an assistant principal at Lower Richland High School in Richland County School District One. She was also responsible for advertisement, bulk mailings, publications, school manuscripts, and the school yearbook budgets. During her five years in administration, she supervised various departments, was responsible for maintaining records and designed reports for the district and state offices as well as for various conferences throughout the southeast. She worked with the Richland County School District promoting for, interviewing, and assisting in the hiring of new teachers and staff members through participation in job fairs.

Ray-Dowey and her husband are lifelong Kershaw County residents. She is the daughter of Larry and Barbara Ray of Lugoff and the granddaughter of the late Jim and Laura Lee and the late Clyburn and Betty Ray, all of Lugoff. She and her husband, David Dowey, have four children and three grandsons.

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