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Smith responds to Councilman Dorn announcement
web posted March 5, 2012
Mr. Norman Dorn (D-SC), incumbent to the County Council District 1
seat, announced his candidacy for reelection. I welcome Mr. Dorn
officially to the 2012 Edgefield County Council election for District
1. I look forward to the dialogue over the next several months.
With Mr. Dorn’s announcement, I’m officially in full campaign mode.
Even though there maybe others to run in the Democrat or Republican
primary, as of now, I am his only challenger.
On Wednesday, February 29th, Councilman Dorn placed his reelection
announcement in The Edgefield Advertiser. In the article, Mr. Dorn
declared the platform for his reelection bid. He stated that "County
Council has turned a blind eye to the Northsides great need for water".
Mr. Dorn wants council to “postpone the water and sewer development
project in the North Augusta area". It is important to remember
that North Augusta is in Aiken County. The proposed trunk line for the
sewer project is in Merriwether which is in Edgefield County.
Mr. Dorn stated that “help is on the way" for District 1. He included
in his announcement that the water and sewer for the Merriwether area
will cost $500,000-$750,000 of "our tax monies”. His solution is to
"...put this money in escrow for the Northside water development
The Northside residents of Edgefield District 1 have a legitimate
concern when it comes to water. There are residents that have
contaminated water (DHEC has already investigated and found the
contaminated source), low water pressure, or dried up wells (for
various reasons including low water tables due to the drought).
But the problem is that this isn't a NEW issue. Mr. Dorn has been on
council for two decades. The water issue has been an issue for many
years. It seems as though he now wants to tell his constituents "help
is on the way" in hopes that this will provide him with two more
additional years as councilman. His entire platform, according to his
announcement, is providing water and being a “voice for the voiceless”.
Is this the only issue facing District 1 or is this the only issue that
Councilman Dorn is aware of?
A few weeks back, County Council voted to approve the Memorandum of
Understanding (MOU), the next step in moving forward with the sewer
project. It was approved 4-0, with Mr. Dorn abstaining. If he feels
that the sewer project should be stopped, he should have voted no.
District 1 had no say on the matter as Mr. Dorn did not give his
constituents a voice because he did not vote.
Councilman Dorn also stated, “My major concern is to be a voice for the
voiceless in the county”. Abstaining from voting on something that you
are apparently against is not giving a voice to the constituents. It is
doing exactly what he stated the rest of the council was doing by
turning a “blind eye”. I do not believe that the council is turning any
eye, as it is obvious the lack of representation that is being provided
for in District 1 by Mr. Dorn. When there is a lack of representation,
then the council is simply not aware of the needs in District 1.
Whether the Northside needs water or not, Mr. Dorn has not represented
District 1 as he should have. Why wait until other districts propose
potential projects before stating a need that has been in District 1
for years? Mr. Dorn has to be aware of various grants and other
financial ways to start the process of providing water for the
Northside. If he had tackled this issue years ago, this need may have
already been met.
There are many needs across Edgefield County. Some of those needs
are in District 1. The question that has to be asked is this:
Does Mr. Dorn have the councils support enough to meet the needs of
It is past time for true representation. District 1 does need a voice
and it needs a new representative that can provide that voice. There
needs to be a representative that can bring confidence back to the seat
of District 1 that the other members of County Council can work with
I look forward to being that voice for District 1 and truly
representing our area. We can promote growth in other areas of the
county while taking care of the needs here in District 1.
William P. Smith (R-SC)
Candidate for Edgefield County Council District 1
“Restoring the Voice of District 1” –William P. Smith
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