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Getting Past Generational Issues Is Important for District 1 to Move
By William "Bill" Smith
web posted August 13, 2012
GUEST COLUMN - As many would agree, the
petition process that some candidates across the state had to take part
in was unnecessary. However, this process did allow my campaign members
to meet many residents across the district. I had constituents
throughout the county who wanted to sign my petition, but had to be
turned away for not living in District 1. The eagerness for change is
Whether in District 1 or other parts of the county, there is a clear
message: Norman Dorn is no longer capable of representing our district
Now that we are past the distraction of the petition process, our team
is moving forward the last few months to take back our district. We
have some major hurdles ahead. We are in dire need of change in
leadership. Something that cannot be ignored is we are dealing with
generational issues. The madness and total embarrassment in the lack of
representation for our district can no longer be allowed.
The time for change is now. During the past two election cycles, we
have had individuals, both Democrat and Republican, who have run
against Mr. Dorn who should have been elected. These individuals, in my
opinion, were not elected because those in my district have been stuck
in routine of electing party before person or what’s “comfortable”.
This is a dangerous and destructive mindset.
Both Mr. Albert Talbert (D) and Mr. Trace Faust (R) would have been
better representatives than Mr. Dorn. No one can argue against that
point successfully. We have to get past party affiliation, as well as
our comfort zone and vote for individuals who will get the job done. On
a local level, party affiliation has nothing to do with what is
presented to County Council. We deal with issues that are local and
have a direct impact on where we live. There is simply no room for
party politics when decisions affect our families, neighbors, friends,
and children of our county. This is not Washington, DC. This is
Edgefield, SC where local elected officials are vitally important. The
great thing now about my candidacy is that I am affiliated with no
My great-grandfather, who represented Edgefield County Council District
5 (District 5 then, is now the northside part of District 1) in the
late 1970s, W.T. (Bill) Timmerman said this when he was running for
re-election: “I will represent the entire county and all of the people
wherever you are. I pledge honest, straightforward administration with
partiality to none. Call on me, and I will cooperate in any effort
pertaining to the county. I am at your service.”
I never knew my great-grandfather, but his values are what our district
needs. Our county thirsts for change, and we can be the change makers.
District 1 voters need to break this generational cycle by unseating
our representative. There is no doubt that Mr. Dorn only represents a
few and does not even seek out to represent the whole district.
Everyone is important and Mr. Dorn has forgotten that. I have said this
many times, and I truly mean it. District 1 has something that should
be celebrated: Diversity. The redistricting has created our
district into one of the most diverse and largest districts in the
In my career of education, it is essential to celebrate different ideas
and different views to push forward and to grow productively as a
community. In a school, you have children and staff members from all
different backgrounds working together for one purpose. These children
represent families, a set of ideals, and a variety of upbringings. If
anyone thinks it’s easy to bring different people together and that it
isn’t without its struggles, he or she would be mistaken. These
children are an investment in our county and state. They are our
future. What effectively creates an environment that brings children
and staff together? An effective leader does.
An effective leader is one who seeks out ways to serve those he leads
or represents. Leaders bring different ideas to the table that
represent all people. They have an eternal fire that motivates them and
others to work for a common goal or vision. They simply build off of
others strengths and celebrate differences. They take others weaknesses
and help mold them in a respectful way that builds character and
This is not what we have representing our district. Any individual who
lacks that eternal fire of self-motivation in serving others has no
business leading any group of people.
Stephen Covey once said, “I am personally convinced that one person can
be a change catalyst, a transformer in any situation, any organization.
Such an individual is yeast that can leaven an entire loaf. It requires
vision, initiative, patience, respect, persistence, courage, and faith
to be a transforming leader.”
District 1 lacks this.
Over the next few weeks, my team will be planning four more town hall
meetings during the months of September and October throughout District
1. We will also be working house to house, as well as make hundreds of
calls. We are excited about the days ahead! We are getting to where we
were a few months back in our grassroots effort and pushing forward.
I invite you to be the change agents for our area. The time for change
has never been greater than now. For 22 years, Edgefield has been
through many changes, sometimes difficult, to push our county forward
and creating a homeland that our children can be brought up in and we
all can be proud of. One thing that hasn’t changed is District 1.
Aren’t you tired of the norm?
I invite you to join our team and vote for me on November 6th.
We will be the change makers together.
William P. Smith (NP)
County Council, District 1
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