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Congressman Duncan's Comments on Redistricting
By: US Rep. Jeff Duncan
web posted March 30, 2011
OPINION – I really wanted to be with you in person
tonight, but with votes scheduled for this evening, I knew you would
want me to remain in Washington doing what you sent me there to do;
fighting against runaway government spending, repealing ObamaCare, and
returning our nation to the Constitution.
On April 2nd 2009, I announced my candidacy for United States
Congress. Over the course of these past few years, I have had the
chance to get to know the people of the Third Congressional District as
potential voters and constituents, but most importantly as
friends. The residents of Aiken, Edgefield, and McCormick
counties have invited me into their homes, shared their stories, and
prayed for my family and me.
The people who reside in the southern half of the Third District are
nothing short of some of the finest individuals this country has to
offer, and some of the greatest people I have ever met. They are
entrepreneurs, small business owners, and farmers. They are
former and current employees of the Savannah River Site whose talents
help keep our nation safe. And they are military veterans,
policemen, firefighters, and teachers who sacrifice every day to give
back to our communities.
Representing these inspiring individuals in Congress is one of the
highest honors and greatest responsibilities I could ever
imagine. Which leads us to the bittersweet topic of this evenings
meeting, redistricting. While I’m thrilled that South Carolina’s
increased population will result in a Seventh Congressional District
for the first time since World War II, I would consider any
redistricting plan that changes who I have the pleasure of representing
as a great loss.
The ten counties that form the Third District create a unique balance
in regards to demographics and needs. The district is anchored in
nuclear power on both ends with the Oconee Nuclear Station to the north
and the Savannah River Site to the south. District wide, small
businesses continue to be the driving force in the economy, especially
agribusiness that can be found from Pumpkin Town to Ridge Spring.
With the release of new census data, the information makes clear that
the Third District will be forced to shrink in population to make room
for the new Congressional seat. My wish is for the General Assembly to
strongly take into consideration the wisdom of the current district
boundaries and make as few changes as Constitutionally possible.
I appreciate you taking the time to listen to the public’s concerns on
this very important matter, and hope you will listen to their concerns
above all others as you make your decision.
Congressman Jeff Duncan
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