The successes, failures and upcoming priorities of the nation, state and county topped the discussion list Monday at the Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce's annual Legislative Forum.
Sumter businessman Eddie Drayton is seeking election to the S.C. Senate, running in the Republican primary for District 35.
After reading this year's Kershaw County Board of School Trustees candidate election announcements, Doug Berry of Camden said he realized that most of the candidates want the same thing: to use taxpayer money as efficiently as possible; to supply teachers with the equipment they need to do their job proficiently; a school system that prepares children to become professionals, have a positive impact on society and become the leaders for tomorrow, among other things.
Camden City Councilwoman Alfred Mae Drakeford announced recently she is seeking re-election for a third term.
Known for his bipartisan approach to government reform and economic development, S.C. Sen. Vincent Sheheen has announced his bid for re-election to Senate District 27, including areas in Kershaw, Chesterfield and Lancaster counties.
Louis Clyburn has announced his plans to seek election to Seat 5 on the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees.
Willie Mickle will run in the District 1 Republican primary for Kershaw County Council.
The filing period for state, multi-county, countywide and less than countywide offices came to a close noon Friday.
Longtime community volunteer and organizer Peggy Ogburn recently announced her candidacy for Camden City Council. Ogburn has been a resident of Camden since 1980. During the years, she said, she has been involved in and led numerous, varied civic activities and projects designed to enhance quality of life for Camden and Kershaw County.
S.C. Rep. Laurie Slade Funderburk has announced she will seek re-election to House District 52. The district encompasses most of Kershaw County and includes the greater Camden area, Lugoff and a portion of the Elgin community.
E.B. "Mac" McLeod of Pinewood, a former state representative, has announced his bid as a Democratic candidate for S.C. Senate District 35. After redistricting, District 35 includes parts of Kershaw, Sumter, Lee and Richland counties.
Matt Irick has announced his plans to seek re-election to Seat 7 on the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees. He is a certified public accountant and a partner with the accounting firm of Sheheen, Hancock, & Godwin LLP in Camden.
Kershaw County Democratic Party county convention attendees will hear from Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin at 7 tonight.
Mara Horton Jones is seeking reelection to the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees, Seat 1 in the West Wateree area. As native of Kershaw County, she said she is a living testament of the importance of having a strong school board trustees in Kershaw County.
Joyce McDonald is seeking re-election for another term of office as Kershaw County Clerk of Court.