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Opinion

Jackson should step aside, stop embarrassing Edgefield County


A Column by the Editor
web posted November 9, 2010

COLUMN – The seemingly unending saga over whether or not Nathaniel Jackson is a resident of Edgefield County, much less a viable candidate for the District 1 School Board seat, should end now. Jackson should give up his indefensible challenge that he lives in the county and crawl back under the rock from which he came.

It is bad enough that Edgefield County has to suffer from other embarrassing elected officials such as County Councilman Norman Dorn and School Board members Sallie Cooks and James Bibbs. Why not add a convicted drug dealer to the wonderful leadership that will draw business and industry to Edgefield County?
 
The voters of Edgefield County spoke loud and clear on November 2 showing they were tired of the Democrat reign of those running our county council and school board. Jackson should heed that mandate and drop his appeals and back out graciously, if that is even possible at this juncture.

In a ruling postponing the run-off election signed by Circuit Court Judge Knox McMahon on Monday it was clearly evident that Jackson will probably not win any appeal he could file, even if it went to the United States Supreme Court.

Why waste the voter’s time and money trying to seat such a disgraceful candidate for elective office when legitimate candidates who actually live in the county are on the ballot?

Moreover, it would be a stretch of the imagination to think that he will not be convicted of his recent driving under suspension third offence arrest late last month that will most likely end in his being imprisoned for a minimum of 90 days, if not six months, for yet another crime. Edgefield Police Officers confirmed that his drivers license was suspended and it was his third offence at the time of his arrest.

Good luck defending that charge in court Mr. Jackson.

It is bad enough this county has had to endure the race baiting and ignorant rants by County Councilman Norman Dorn, who claimed he and Vice-chairman Willie Bright were “the Democrat Party” in Edgefield County in meetings held around the county prior to the elections.

Let’s get beyond race and settle on the fact that Edgefield County needs qualified and educated representatives if we ever hope to entice the many industries flocking to South Carolina due to our business friendly laws. All of which avoid Edgefield County as if it were the plague because of the poor quality of elected officials.

Edgefield County voters have spoken loudly and have demanded a new course for our county. Good for them, it’s about time.

Nathaniel Jackson and his NAACP backed supporters should look beyond race, and the obvious poor choice of their candidates, and accept that what is good for one part of Edgefield County is good for all of Edgefield County regardless of race.

It is not a question of race; it is a question of surviving as a county and seating qualified elected officials leading us in one of the deepest recessions in half a century - while trying to entice industry to locate to our county.

Nathaniel Jackson should drop his appeals and go away once and for all. Stop embarrassing us and yourself.






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