Candidates answer second-round questions for council seat

Maryann Blake

What is the difference between you and your running mate?

BLAKE: “I have the leadership skills and abilities to help govern the affairs of the county and help its people prosper. I have spent the majority of my legal career in Colleton County as a lawyer. I served on the Colleton County Board of Appeals and currently serve on the Colleton County Planning Commission, where I reviewed our code extensively and helped approve updates to the code. I was appointed by the Governor to the Colleton County Voter Registration and Elections Council in 2017 and am the Past Chair. I withdrew from the Commission to report to Colleton County Council headquarters. I am a 2021 recipient of the James Clyburn Political Fellowship and a 2022 graduate of Leadership Salkehatchie. I have been a Walterboro attorney since October 2016 and own my law firm.

Why is Colleton County important to you?

BLAKE: “I want to help Colleton County thrive with a great quality of life. As a business owner, I know that investing time, energy and money is the only way for a business to thrive. The same is true for our department. South Carolina has many regions that are literally dying for lack of a stable economic workforce to support local communities. Colleton County is one such area. Rural South Carolina’s economic decline is extremely concerning, as most young professionals want to flock to urban areas. There is great potential for redevelopment of rural areas in South Carolina, including Colleton County, to support local economies. This is one of the reasons I chose to work in Colleton County. I care and have the proven qualifications and abilities to help.

What do you want to say to voters who didn’t participate in the Democratic primary?

BLAKE: “It is time for the Democratic Party to take the county council seat. Voters must vote for the candidate with proven abilities to lead, manage and bring prosperity to our county. It’s time to vote for the candidate who best fits Colleton County, not necessarily your friend or family member. Voters — you have a voice. Make it count!”

Hiram EM Davis

What is the difference between you and your running mate?

DAVIS: “Leading multiple organizations and businesses, positively leading them beyond initial organizational expectations; my leadership experience is one of my most influential characteristics. At this point, with the current state of our county, state, and nation, we need people in office who genuinely care about helping people. I’m a “go-getter”, I’m passionate and I’ll get the job done.

Why is Colleton County important to you?

DAVIS: “I was born and raised here, my heart is here. Colleton County has great potential, but having the right people in leadership skills is what is needed to move this county forward in a positive way. My mother, the late Miriam Ackerman Davis and

my father Hiram, both invested many years in the county school district. Working with the public for so many years, my parents taught me to care for people and they also instilled in me to always love and cherish your foundation and where you come from. No matter how far I get from Colleton County; I’m always proud to tell people that I come from a small town in SC called Walterboro. Colleton is and will always be at home. This county and its amazing citizens will always hold a special place in my heart.

What do you want to say to voters who didn’t participate in the Democratic primary?

DAVIS: “So many people have sacrificed their lives for everyone to have the right to vote. THERE IS NO EXCUSE NOT TO VOTE IN ANY ELECTION. Every election is important, but your local elections are important because these people are the ones who may or may not make a difference as far as citizens are concerned. If you didn’t vote on June 14, now is your chance to cast your vote and vote for change, your vote counts and your vote determines the state of our county for years to come. VOTE FOR PROVEN LEADERSHIP, VOTE HIRAM EM DAVIS for the Colleton County Council At-Large Seat… The voice of the people: your voice, your choice. For more information about Hiram EM Davis, visit www.davisforcolleton.com or follow us on Facebook.

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