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Senator Tim Scott comes to Colleton

U.S. Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) visited Walterboro on Monday, speaking to a standing-room crowd of Colleton County residents who gathered at the county’s museum to hear his words.

Initially, the meeting was invitation-only, with county leaders and business representatives being asked to attend. According to a member of Scott’s campaign, the meeting was arranged by a member of Scott’s local district party. Monday’s visit to Colleton was the first stop in Scott’s five-county tour.

However, the meeting was opened to the public before Scott began to speak. More than 60 people attended the morning meeting.

During his speech, Scott spoke openly about his community platforms and his plans for regional development in the Lowcountry. “I thought Sen. Scott was an outstanding motivator,” said Gar Linder, recently elected Democratic candidate for Colleton County Council’s At-Large seat. According to Linder, the “movers and shakers” of Colleton County, including McClure Wrecker Service and lifelong Colleton County farmer Samuel Terry were asked to attend the Monday meeting.

“This is showing a lot for Colleton, that Senator Scott came and met the people leading the community,” said Linder.

Scott opened the floor to questions. During that forum, he was asked about national plans for off-shore drilling near the South Carolina coast, abortion and other legislative matters. The entire meeting lasted for about one hour.

Scott routinely visits with constituents from his congressional district. However, a spokesman for Scott’s office did not immediately return phone calls placed to the Washington branch to confirm that this meeting was a part of that community outreach, as of press deadline on Tuesday afternoon.

A regional director with Scott’s office also recently visited Colleton County, taking time to meet with the county’s elected leaders at a June meeting of Colleton County Council.

The meeting was also attended by local Colleton County Councilmen, Sen. Margie Bright-Matthews (D-Colleton), Walterboro Mayor Bill Young and local business leaders.

Heather Walters (1410 Posts)