The race for the House District 100 seat in Berkeley County features a rematch of last fall’s contest — with a twist. Republican incumbent Eddie Southard again is running against Democrat Tonia Aiken-Taylor, as they did in a September 2011 race to fill the unexpired term created by the death of Rep. David Umphlett.
Aiken-Taylor, an educator and Moncks Corner councilwoman, doesn’t consider herself a politician but rather a community leader. She has campaigned on her pledge to bring new industries and jobs to the district and to ensure residents have a fair opportunity to get them and to get a great education.
“I think we all know education is our way out. It’s kind of our deliverer.”
Southard, a contractor, supports reforming the state’s ethics laws, wants a tax break for those sending their children to private schools and wants the state to do more to tackle fraud and waste in Medicaid.
He said he is not in lockstep with the GOP. “... I look at each thing individually as far as how it affects people here in Moncks Corner and Berkeley County.”