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Letter to the Editor

Whitfield seeks support in School Board Dist. 1 Run-Off Election

web posted November 8, 2010

Dear Editor,
My name is Roman Swain Whitfield and I solicit your support in the upcoming run-off election for the Board of Trustees for Edgefield County School District One. I was born in Greenwood County and lived in Saluda until moving to Johnston in 2002.

I graduated from Saluda High School in 1991 and from Clemson University in 1995 with a degree in Agricultural Mechanization and Business with a Minor in Agronomy.  I served as officers in two fraternities, Alpha Gammo Rho and Alpha Zeta, an honor fraternity.  

I am married to Julie King Whitfield, who is a registered nurse at Lexington Medical Center.  Our two sons, Weston, 10 years old, and Noah, 8 years old attend Johnston Elementary School. I serve as coach for my two sons' baseball teams.  We are members of Cedar Creek Church.  I received the 2002 Distinguished Service Award in Agriculture in Edgefield County; the 2004 South Carolina Young Farmer State Agribusinessman of the Year and the 2008 South Carolina Certified Crop Advisor of the Year.  I also serve on the Piedmont Technical College Advisory Board. 

My father, William A. Whitfield, served as Agriculture Teacher for 17 years and as principal for 16 years at Saluda High School and my mother, Carol W. Whitfield served in the District Office of Saluda School District One for 20 years.  I have therefore been influenced by public education all my life. 

I have been employed at Southern States, 96 Rosa Springs Road, Johnston SC since 1995 and became manager in 2000. Southern States is an agricultural cooperative which sells fertilizer, crop chemicals, seed, feed, farm supply, animal health products and is a national corporate sponsor for the FFA (Future Farmers of America). The home office is located in Richmond, Virginia. I manage the largest store in our nine-store district, which includes managing store inventory of $1,500,000.  Sales under my management increased from $1.9 million to $7.8 million. 

Not only is serving on the school board about educating students but it is also about running a business.  Having worked for years with budgets, purchasing and selling, as well as supervising employees will offer me the experience needed to serve on the Edgefield Board of Trustees.

The main focus of my campaign is to promote the education of ALL students in Edgefield School District One. I ask for your support as we work together for the future of our children and our county.

Roman Whitfiled

Candidate for School Board Dist 1

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