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Writer says Massey has the “right kind of experience” for Senate

web posted October 27, 2007
I would like to offer the following for the voters of District 25 to consider. This is not an advertisement for the Massey campaign but merely one voter relating a story which left a positive impression upon me as to Shane Massey’s character and objectivity.

My daughter is an active participant on the STHS mock trial team. The team is made up of some really terrific kids, with active parents and a dedicated teacher. The students study trial procedures and prepare an actual legal case in which they compete with other schools. Shane and his wife Blair, donate a large portion of their free time to mentor and prepare the students for competition. The competitions are held on Saturdays in the Spring, throughout the state; hosted by the South Carolina Bar association, in actual courtrooms. It is fascinating to watch.

This last spring I took time from work to watch my daughter compete up in Greenville. What was to be an 6 hour competition turned into something in the area of 8-10 hours. It was apparent to me that the competition organizers either didn’t prepare or adhere to the published schedule which resulted in my inability to stay and watch my daughter compete.

Many of the organizers were practicing attorneys/judges. I thought it was disrespectful to be so far off schedule, not only to the parents who traveled up to Greenville, but more so to the advisors and competing students. Later in the week, I spoke with the teacher/coach who invited Shane to sit in on the meeting because he knew some of the event organizers and may have had insight into the schedule delays.

Shane listened to my wife’s and my concerns in an engaging manner. There was no ‘spin”, no condescending attitude, just a simple response of you are absolutely right.” I told Shane that because I did not want to be one of those dreaded “interfering parents”, I’m left to work through the teacher and advisor [Shane] to express our concerns to the event organizers. Just as Shane (if elected) will be expected to carry constituent concerns to Columbia to seek redress and resolution.

Shane was good to his word. The subsequent competitions were conducted in a far more professional manner with regards to time management and respect for the attendees and participants. You can’t fake perseverance, character, sincerity and “follow-thru” Shane has these qualities ye observed them first hand.

These characteristics guarantee that an individual obtains the “right kind of experience”, not just experience for experience’s sake. He’s a good man with an optimistic perspective of our District.. ..I know he’ll represent us well.

Mark S. Jebens
Edgefield, SC

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