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Dean Campbell: I will run for County Council as a Republican
By Dist. 3 County Council Candidate Dean Campbell
posted February 22, 2010
GUEST COLUMN – I will run for Edgefield
County Council as a Republican. I did not put party affiliation into my
original announcement that I was running for County Council because I
want people to focus on the person first. Therefore, you should know I
am excited about running for County Council, and I am passionate about
the positive changes we can make together to move our County forward in
However, I know there is a lot of interest in a decision under which
party’s banner to run, and some will look at my decision as a dividing
line. However, this decision bears some explanation by me, and perhaps
some reflection by all of us.
First, I can tell you that the general principles of the Republican
Party most closely match my own core values, so I am proud to be
affiliated with them. Therefore, it makes the most sense to run as a
Republican, since we are required to choose a party in a County Council
election. And there lies the rub: The town councils and the School
Board are non-partisan races, meaning that you don’t have to “declare”
for one party or the other.
County Council should be the same way.
While it makes more sense for those running for state or national
offices to choose a party, it makes less sense to do that on the local
Let me explain.
On most issues on the local level, being a member of a political party
has little bearing on most governmental decisions. Citizens are
interested in services and government-related functions, which don’t
rely on political affiliations. For example, is there a Republican or
Democratic way for County Government to stop excessive noise from a
business or residence? To zone areas? To recruit high-paying jobs for
I can assure you that making policy for a county – or a school district
or a town – does not involve hot, polarizing political topics like
abortion, deficit spending or welfare. But it is true that how your tax
dollars are spent, and every other decision County Council makes, may
have lasting positive or negative impacts that have nothing to do with
That’s why we should all keep a keen eye on public policy on the local
level, and we should understand what our candidates stand for.
Finally, in Edgefield County, we are independent-minded voters, but we
pay attention to political affiliations. Keep in mind that for decades
we voted time and again for Democrat Tommy Moore to represent us in the
S.C. Senate, and in the same election chose Republican Strom Thurmond
for the U.S. Senate.
So, I believe Edgefield County voters do care more about the individual
than the party.
It is not my intention to start a debate on this topic, nor is it my
aim to gloss over what each party stands for.
However, our S.C. Legislature should take a hard look at making all
local elections non-partisan races.
And on the local level in particular, we should focus more on what
unites us than what divides us. It’s another way we can move Edgefield
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