Politics the focus of NAACP meeting

  • Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Steve McDaniel/Gazette District 15 Representative Samuel Rivers Jr.(left) addresses those in attendance at Monday's NAACP meeting in Goose Creek. Kayin Jones, representing Democratic challenger Marian Redish, looks on at right.

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The Goose Creek chapter of the NAACP received a short course in politics Monday night.

Incumbent District 15 Representative Samuel Rivers Jr. and Kayin Jones, standing in for Democratic challenger Marian Redish, spoke to the crowd of about 30 people gathered at the chapter's monthly meeting.

Rivers, a Republican in his first term, stressed the importance of creating and maintaining a healthy business climate.

“I have worked hard for my constituents,” he said. “I've introduced pro-business legislation to help ensure South Carolina is a business-friendly state. BIPEC (Business and Industry Political Education Committee) commended me for one of the highest scores in the General Assembly this year.”

Jones said Redish, who was unable to attend due to a death in her family, wants to make sure social programs such as Medicaid remain intact.

“We will help South Carolina's citizens (if elected),” Jones said. “We're going backward. We need to do better.”

Questions from the audience included subjects such as the use of education vouchers, rebuilding of roads and bridges and technical college job training for high school graduates.

Jones said Redish will be a voice for a brighter future: “She will do all she can to provide a better state of being for residents of the 15th District.”

Rivers mentioned the controversial voter identification laws in his closing statement, and related a story about his deceased grandmother and her diligence in getting her ID issues sorted out.

“My grandmother, back in the 1980s, drove back and forth from Moncks Corner to Columbia to get her ID problem fixed. Her name had been misspelled on her birth certificate, but she kept at it until she got it fixed.

“You need an ID to fly, to pick up a certified letter,” he said. “Are we suggesting African-Americans are that ignornant that they can't get an ID to vote? Of course not. We're better than that.”

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