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County Council Candidate for Dist 1 says Voters have "Two completely
web posted November 6, 2012
Today is the official day where millions of US citizens celebrate in
the pageantry and the patriotic duty of voting. Whether local,
statewide, or national races, it is important to express your opinion
at the polls and vote. Get out and VOTE!
I want to first start out by thanking my team that has worked so hard
since January. There have been many hours worked by many
different people that I will forever be grateful to. We have all
been working hard to gain support throughout District 1 and this is
bigger than one person. There is no doubt that everyone that we
have been in contact with has had one message; District 1 needs new
representation. The many years of refusing to do the work of the
people has finally taken its toll.
I have written many editorials published in several media print.
This editorial will be to the point and simple. We are ecstatic
about what today brings. We are well aware that the odds are
stacked against my campaign. We were aware of that when I first
filed to run. But that has never been a concern because there are
many throughout District 1 that thirst for change. There are
many, young and old, rich and poor, black and white that know, we need
to work together for the betterment of our children and build our home
of Edgefield for future generations. Time and time again, I
continuously hear those that have lost faith in our local government
They have joined our movement. They have optimism that someone
will listen and work with others. They see light, where in the
past, it was a continuous battle
of darkness. They understand that over the past two decades,
politics were put before people and priorities were never prioritized.
I have shared this story before but I want to leave you with it again:
I was honored to meet many individuals on the campaign trail. On
a Saturday afternoon, there was this lady from the Johnston side of my
district and she asked me my thoughts on Edgefield County and why I
moved here and why in the world I wanted to run for office. I
told her that my calling was to serve the teachers and children of this
county with my chosen career and now I was running for office to
represent the voices throughout District 1 that had been lost over the
She questioned as to what I meant. I asked her one simple
question: What has Mr. Dorn done for your family or your
neighbors over the past 2 decades in office? She smiled and
simply couldn’t answer the question. I told her that I would
change that and she asked what I could promise her if I was elected.
My response: I could promise her representation. I could
work with others on council in a civil way to move the county
forward. I would bridge differences and work to strengthen the
community of Edgefield County. I promised her open communication
and transparency. I promised her values would be represented and
no one would be second class. I promised her to work with council
and the county administrator to work in bridging differences to build
our home. I promised her that I was a phone call away when issues
arose and that I would form partnerships in each community to make sure
all voices were heard.
And lastly, I promised her that when someone had a different opinion, I
would treat them with respect. I would listen and I would seek
common ground to find a way forward on any issue. I will restore that
respect and the people of District 1 will have a
true voice that the rest of council will work with and get the work of
the people done. It is now time to do the work of the
people. It is essential that one must understand that this
election is an important one.
The choice is clear. There are two completely different paths.
Either you choose the same path that doesn’t represent the people and
doesn’t work with council to better our county. Or you choose the
other path that will lead to building relationships, growing community,
and truly representing the needs throughout our homeland.
I will never put politics before people. I ask you to help our district
change the path that it has been on. I ask that you help restore
the voice of the people and build our future
for tomorrow’s generation.
I am honored to even be a part of this process and would appreciate
William P. Smith
County Council Dist. 1
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