Family: Wife, Ruby. One son.
Education: The College of Charleston.
Occupation: Employment counselor.
Previous elective office: None
Why I’m running: “I have the maturity, experience and skillset to represent this very diverse district.”
More than anything, Senate District 42 needs: “Targeted jobs training, education and economic development!”
Contact information: 437-5546; 801-8003 (Abe Jenkins, campaign manager); QPute@bellsouth.net; www.fieldingforsenate42.com
Herbert S. Fielding is no stranger to the General Assembly. His father, Herbert U.G. Fielding, served as both a state House member and senator before retiring in 1992.
As the Aug. 13 Senate District 42 Democratic primary approaches, The Post and Courier is profiling all six candidates. This is the fourth in the series. To read more, go to postandcourier.com/senate-42.
“When school was over, I went to Columbia with him,” Fielding said. “I remember when Joe Riley was 28 years old and sitting next to daddy. He was very fiery.”
Fielding said he learned a lesson from those days that he would take with him to Columbia, if he wins the state Senate 42 seat his father once held.
“Politics is not sociology. If you need to make a special statement, you need to teach,” Fielding said. “Politics is the art of accomplishing things. That requires looking at the persons in the room who will work with you to accomplish things for your constituency.”
On Aug. 13, Fielding will be one of six Democrats running for that party’s nomination for the state Senate District 42 seat. The others are Emmanuel Ferguson, Marlon Kimpson, Margaret Rush, Bob Thompson and Maurice Washington. An Aug. 27 runoff is likely.
While his family runs a Charleston funeral home and has deep political ties, Fielding also has made his own way.
He has worked with the S.C. Commission for the Blind and the S.C. Employment Security Commission. He recently served as a supervisor of the Charleston office that helps veterans find work — an office recognized as the best in the state.
“We placed more veterans than any other office,” he said, adding that ranks as one of his proudest accomplishments. “A lot of people assume it’s easy to integrate vets into the real world, and it’s not.”
Fielding, 60, is campaigning on improving South Carolina’s quality of life, including its education and income levels.
“We’re at the bottom, and we’ve been there for a long time,” he said. “We’re not investing in our state, and that’s something we need to do.”
But he is stopping short of suggesting bills or policies at this point. “I want not to make a lot of promises,” he said. “I’ve only promised to work as hard as I can.”
Reach Robert Behre at 937-5771.
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