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Letter to the Editor: Bill Hearn

Dorchester County Councilman Bill Heard writes Patch about his primary campaign.

I have during the course of the campaign wiped the mud that was slung in my face off and carried on representing the citizens of District 6 as I have done for the previous three years. My belief has been to allow all citizens to question their government and vent their frustrations. As such, I’ve never been one to respond to a letter to the editor, but, unfortunately, it’s come time when my opponent has finally provoked me with lies, deception and unfounded accusations to the point where I feel I need to set the record straight.

I was elected in 2008 to represent District 6. In that time, I’ve fought against increased taxes and fees, the expansion of government and worked to reign in regulations that harm our small businesses as I, myself, have been a small business owner for the past 13 years and know the dangers of big, oppressive government.

Our road projects are taken off – we have no fewer than 7 road improvement and intersection improvement projects that have been completed or are scheduled to be completed soon throughout our district, which includes multiple projects on Highway 78, Central Avenue, Orangeburg Road and Butternut Road.

Within District 6, we’ve added a new EMS station – that is also the hub for the entire county and made upgrades to the Summerville airport, which is essential to attracting industry and new jobs to Dorchester County. In addition, , which will primarily serve Pine Forest Country Club.

While we’re living in the worst economy in our life time, and the United States has seen its debt rating decrease – Dorchester County’s debt rating has actually improved because we’re doing more with less and setting an example of an efficient and lean government evidenced by our fuel savings and having a better reporting system for take home vehicles of county employees. More importantly to me, I’ve tried to lead by setting an example. I felt as we can’t afford to implement a pay study for our own county employees and as teachers were not receiving cost of living or step increases – it wasn’t right that County Council increased their own pay by 33%. So, not only did I try to have the pay raises rescinded (they were voted in before I took office), I refused the pay increase.

While I’m not one to attack anybody, especially a political opponent, I feel the need to point out some very clear distinctions. My opponent Roger Goodman has two pending lawsuits against the Dorchester County Magistrate’s office. He has publicly said he would take the pay raise. Even a letter writer just a few weeks ago said, Mr. Goodman has a “sour grapes vendetta.” My opponent himself has said he is only running because I didn’t bend the rules and unethically help Mr. Goodman when he was fired from his county job. I must say if that decision drives an opponent against me — that I ethically acted in good faith — then so be it. I have the faith of the voters to see through Mr. Goodman’s personal attacks, lies and promotion of his own self interest on Tuesday.

Bill Hearn
1712 Congressional Blvd.
Dorchester County Council, District 6

maizenbluedoc June 08, 2012 at 12:08 PM
It appears that politics in Dorchester County represents a microcosm of the United States when it comes to vitriol, divisiveness, and downright nasty flavor. They, like the U.S Congressmen/Women, appear to be more concerned about attacking their opponents and opposing party than being concerned about the prople they represent, or hope to represent. The negativity has gone on for too long. Why cannot candidates just tell the truth about what they propose and dispense with the pettiness (campaign signage, for example) and stop attacking their opponents. You guys are acting like spoiled brats.
stanley seigler June 08, 2012 at 07:59 PM
@maizenbluedoc: "...acting like spoiled brats." dont belittle spoiled brats... re: 'Why cannot candidates just tell the truth about what they propose and dispense with the pettiness...' i dunno...what can be done to stop the bs...would say dont vote for the a-holes...but they all are egotistical, arrogant, a-holes...weel; not really...i wouldn't want their job...and; it's our fault...we wouldn't vote for one who told the truth...eg; we need to raise taxes to balance the budget.
stanley seigler June 08, 2012 at 09:19 PM
FYI Clips re legs' bs: 1. Data compiled by the Sunlight Foundation, a nonpartisan group focused on greater transparency in Washington, has shown that today's congressional "dialogue" is actually on a par with a 10th-grader's verbal prowess. 2. The highest individual score went to Republican congressman Dan Lungren of California, who apparently communicates on the level of a graduate student. The lowest went to Mick Mulvaney of South Carolina, also a Republican, who scored a 7.9 and is therefore equivalent to a seventh-grader (in fairness, 7.9 makes him nearly an eighth-grader. http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-daum-obama-readability-20120607,0,2164921,print.column not sure what to make of this as we all should apply KISS in our communications...so would we better understand lungren or mulvaney...further, bs at the 7th grade or grad level is still bs...

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