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Birdsong Determined to Get on November Ballot

One of more than 200 candidates decertified by recent S.C. Supreme Court decisions, Miriam Birdsong plans to run for Dorchester County Council District 6 as a petition candidate

The magic number for Miriam Birdsong is 750.

That is how many signatures of registered voters in Dorchester County District 6 she needs to appear on the November General Election ballot as a petition candidate for the county council seat representing that district.

"This county is changing, Summerville is growing and prospering and St. George is dying," Birdsong said. "Not everybody has access to the resources and opportunities, and that needs to change."

Birdsong, a Democrat, was caught up in the others because she said she followed flawed instructions when she filed to run as a candidate. While she is not happy about her decertification, she has moved on and is concentrating all her efforts now on collecting signatures.

"I don't want you to sign my petition because you're going to vote for me," she told a Dorchester County Democratic Party breakfast meeting Saturday. "I want you to sign my petition because you believe that voters deserve a choice."

Birdsong said her first priority if elected will be to make changes to building and development policies, so that infrastructure like roads, electricity, water and sewage and drainage systems are in place before new buildings go up.

"There are people now looking at putting up a bunch of spec buildings, and to me that's a waste," she said. "The new Commerce Parkway is beautiful and has all the infrastructure in place, put new buildings there, don't throw one up in the middle of nowhere and expect people to come."

Richard Hayes June 16, 2012 at 11:24 PM
What an Outstanding Woman!! She will make a great County Council Woman! We don't need a real estate developer on County Council, we need someone that will support the voters of District 6. One who supports public education strongly, one who believes in a good infrastructure and a safe, growing city. That person is Miriam Birdsong!!!
SDR June 16, 2012 at 11:25 PM
Where can I sign a petition?
Jamie Birdsong June 17, 2012 at 05:49 PM
Wonderful! My contact information is found on my website, www.miriambirdsong.com Thanks, I look forward to serving you on council!
Kaye Fox June 17, 2012 at 06:33 PM
You are so right Richard. I'ts a shame that she got knocked off the ballot because of some dumb complex election laws that took 200 candidates off of the ballots. Miriam Birdsong being one. Only in SC... We need people in office who will work for stronger education and infrastructure for our growing city. BTW, the kids we are"educating" now will be the folks who will be making the laws, upholding our community standards and taking care of us.
SDR June 17, 2012 at 08:13 PM
Look as far as the county party chairman, Kaye. Thats the one in charge of local candidate filing.

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