• Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Dear Judy,
The elections are over.
Reporters have identified “winners” and “losers” by the numbers, but I don't feel like a loser.  To the contrary, I am a winner. I worked with some of the most wonderful people in Dorchester County over the past six months.
The Dorchester County Democratic Party, the Working Families Party, the Charleston Labor Council, the Healthy S.C. Coalition, the Smoke-Free Dorchester County group, as well as several local community groups graciously supported and endorsed my challenge.  My family, friends and even my teenage volunteers crossed party lines to help my campaign; from getting my name back on the ballot to phone calls to door-knocking. They believed Dorchester County needed a change as I did, and we still do!
County Council must begin to communicate openly and honestly with the people of our county. As a county, we must become fiscally responsible and hold contractors and employees accountable for sensible use of county property, efficient use of time and conservative spending of money. We must protect our natural resources from greed and exploitation.
Employment of local residents is a huge undertaking, but for our county to thrive, our people must have living-wage jobs. I talked with thousands of county residents over these months of campaigning and the common theme was clear: we need to make life more livable in Dorchester County!
Congratulations to my opponent, Mr. Hearn. Please hear our words and act upon them: prosperity and livability. The person in the office is not as important as the actions of that person. We need County Council to work for all the people of Dorchester County.
We'll be watching.
Miriam Birdsong

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