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James Broderick to run for Walterboro City Council

James Broderick has announced that he is running for one of three available Walterboro City Council seats in the upcoming May 28 election.

“I have decided to run as a candidate for the Walterboro City Council because I would like to serve the citizens of this wonderful place to live. I am married to Becky Smoak Broderick and we have three sons, James, 27; Hudson, 11; and Jack, who is five.” Broderick and his family are members of, and regularly attend, Bethel United Methodist Church.

In obtaining his education, Broderick has earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Resources Management, a Master’s Degree in Management, a Master’s Degree in Counseling, and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership.

Broderick and his wife are very involved in the local community. He is currently a member of the Walterboro Planning Commission, a former member of the Colleton County Alcohol and Drug Abuse Commission, a graduate of Leadership Colleton, a member of the Colleton County Historical and Preservation Society, a member of the Criterium Bicycle Race Committee, a member of the Walterboro Antiques, Art and History Festival, a member of the Friends of the Colleton County Animal Shelter, and  is also a soccer coach.

Becky is a teacher at Colleton County Middle School, a director of the Colleton County Historical and Preservation Society, a member of the Friends of the Walterboro Wildlife Sanctuary, and a member of the Friends of the Colleton County Animal Shelter. “Our involvement shows how much we love living here and positively promote our community,” said Broderick.

Broderick noted that he has made Walterboro his home, and intends to stay here. “I have lived and worked in Walterboro since 1999 and will live here for the rest of my life. I want to make sure that our kids and grandkids will have the ability to find jobs, raise families, and stay in Walterboro.”

Broderick is employed as assistant director of the Dorchester County Career and Technology Center. “I was previously an assistant principal and guidance counselor at Forest Circle Middle School.  I have held positions as an alcohol and drug counselor, social worker, and retail banker.  I am also an Air Force veteran of the Gulf War.”

Broderick said that the main thing that he has learned during his years as an educator and counselor is that he needs to listen well to what others say to seek to understand them and advocate for them when needed. “I must then develop an understanding of my own before I take actions that affect others. I will take this role very seriously, and will utilize these skills while serving on city council.  City Council members are responsible for the people’s business and should make decisions that ensure that the city is serving the public as openly and efficiently as possible. “

Broderick said, if elected, the focus of his service would be on job availability within the city; the reduction of crime in Walterboro; getting businesses and industries to locate here, and concentrating on today’s youth to guide them towards higher education and moral responsibility.