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Colleton proves precious stomping ground as Republican candidate makes stop

Gearing up for Primary season is a very exciting time of the year no matter which side of the isle you sit on. It is especially exciting for the Colleton County Republican Party Chairperson, Janis Blocker. Many of you may know Blocker best for her years of teaching English and Literature to high school students. It’s during the months leading up to an election that one can see Blockers leadership step forward as she tries her best to educate fellow Colletonians on the Republican candidates who have thrown their names in the hat. Blocker explained when campaign season gears up, candidates reach out to local parties and ask to come meet the voters. So far, three of the five Republican candidates have shown an interest in coming here and according to Blocker the Colleton County Republican Party will do whatever they can to host the candidates. “We feel it is our responsibility to give the candidates a chance to meet our people and for our people to have a chance to know who they are voting for and not just vote for a name,” said Blocker.

This past week, Catherine Templeton, Republican candidate for Governor, made a stop in Walterboro. Templeton met with a small crowd that had gathered to meet with her and see where she stands on issues that they care about. In an interview with this paper, Templeton was very clear that she did not want the folks of Colleton County to think she is the normal politician that voters have become use to.

She stressed that she is not part of the “Good ole’ boy” system and really wants to be the change that she thinks South Carolina has been needing. Templeton is a native of Lexington and says she comes from several generations of sandlapers. She is an attorney and a mother of three. Templeton has served as the Director of South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control and most recently began her own management consulting firm, Brawley-Templeton, where she currently serves as President.

When asked what she thought Colleton’s biggest needs were Templeton said she would rather not speculate but if she earned enough votes in June to win the Republican bid for Governor, she would meet with each counties leaders to discover what the people feel their biggest needs are. “I know the needs for rural counties are much different than those in metropolitan areas. I could give you the normal politician answer that I think Colleton needs more jobs, better schools, lower taxes and so on but that is not how I want to work as Governor. I really do want to know what needs each county has and I do want to work on solutions to help each county move forward. I suspect Colleton needs help building a work force so we can entice different industries to come here.

Once again, I will depend on the people and leaders in Colleton to communicate with me the exact needs as they see them and then we can work on a solution,” said Templeton. She really wants people to get active in their local politics and help be the change that she says South Carolina needs and wants. Templeton prides herself of being able to “think outside of the box” and is looking forward to showing South Carolinians she is willing to bust up the “Good Ole’ Boy” corruption they have become use to seeing.

Moving forward, Templeton plans on putting in hard work to gain the votes of the folks in Colleton County. “Right now, I am raising money to help get the word out. I plan on shaking hands and letting voters know I am of pure intent. I will spend the money I raise to get my message out on all media outlets. This is going to be a fight, but it is a fight worth fighting and all I can ask for is that people go out and vote for me on June 12,” said Templeton.

Christie Slocum (503 Posts)