Thursday, 25 September 2014

Democrat candidates talk economy, women’s rights

Several hundred listeners were all ears Thursday night when S.C. House District 84 candidate Rosie Berry said recent polls show that South Carolina has lost 46,000 non-farming jobs across the state.

Berry was the keynote speaker of the 12th annual Aiken County Democratic Party Fish Fry at Aiken Electric Co-op.

She spoke about several issues, including the economic trends across the state and in the area.

She said the economy has a direct impact on the lack of upgraded K-12 facilities and higher education opportunities.

“We’re 46th in the nation in terms of economic progress,” Berry said. “We must bring industry, jobs and education to the forefront so we can have a quality of life far better than we have now in District 84.”
“We’re unfortunately known for that. In this state, we have fewer than 20 shelters for domestic violence victims,” Berry said.

Other speakers at the Democratic Fish Fry included Joyce Dickerson, a Richland County resident who is challenging U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., for his seat in the Senate.

Like Berry, Dickerson spoke about the importance of voting and supporting the party’s candidates. She said that, if elected, she plans to assist various groups who require help.

“I plan to help the veterans and their families, the seniors of our state and our women with their health and wellness,” Dickerson said. “We also want to make sure we support the minimum wage increase and equal pay for women.”

Harold Crawford, local party chair, added, “This event allows Democrats to speak with candidates, get first-hand information from them about their platforms and also learn what they can do for candidates to help them have a successful run.”

Derrek Asberry is the SRS beat reporter for the Aiken Standard and has been with the paper since June 2013. He is originally from Vidalia, Ga., and a graduate of Georgia Southern University. Follow him on Twitter @DerrekAsberry.


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