Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Ginny Deerin, a businesswoman with extensive experience in the corporate and nonprofit worlds, announced her candidacy for S.C. Secretary of State.
Deerin, who lives on Sullivan’s Island, near Charleston, made her announcement at the South Carolina Democratic Party’s Annual Issues Conference in Greenville.
Calling the S.C. Secretary of State’s office “a bloated bureaucracy,” Deerin pledged to use her experience in the corporate and nonprofit worlds to make the office more efficient and more responsive to the people it serves.
“I want to reduce the budget, cut regulations and improve customer service,” she said. “Right now, the Secretary of State’s office gets way too involved in the business of South Carolina’s companies and nonprofits. As a result, not only is the effectiveness of these institutions being compromised, but also we are being wasteful with the hard-earned money of South Carolina’s taxpayers.”
The Secretary of State’s office is responsible for receiving and organizing information, applications, and fees from companies and non-profit organizations. “With digital technology, we should be able to perform those services much more efficiently,” said Deerin. “It’s time to bring this office up-to-date.”
Deerin said that her qualifications include having been a small-business owner, a leader of nonprofits, a professional fundraiser and researcher seeking information from the Secretary of State’s office.
WINGS for Kids, a nationally honored nonprofit founded by Deerin, was recognized as one of the best-managed non-profits in the state.
In 2010, Deerin received the Order of the Palmetto for her outstanding service to South Carolina.
In her announcement, Deerin also noted that of the eight constitutional officers serving with the governor, all are men. “Women represent 53 percent of our state’s population,” she said, “and I think we need to have much greater representation in our state’s elective offices.”
Encouraging all South Carolinians to become involved in her campaign, Deerin concluded, “Let’s make the Secretary of State’s office more responsive, more efficient, and more in-step with the needs of South Carolina’s companies, nonprofits and taxpayers.”
For more information, contact Ginny Deerin at 843-883-6951 or visit ginny@Ginny4SoS.com.