MONCKS CORNER -- The election to fill the vacant S.C. House District 100 seat takes place today.
Republican Eddy Southard and Democrat Tonia Aiken-Taylor are competing for the seat that came open when Rep. David Umphlett died in May.
The polls are open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Southard, a contractor and chairman of the Berkeley County Planning Commission, considers himself a natural successor. Like Umphlett, he's a conservative Republican who will fight against government growth and waste, he said.
"I want to continue what he started," Southard said.
If elected, he would take another look at how schools are funded, put the Department of Transportation under a microscope and try to figure out how the state retirement system got so far in debt.
Aiken-Taylor is a popular pastor and a Moncks Corner Town Council member.
She down-plays party differences and stresses meeting the needs of her constituents in this largely rural district.
"I don't think it matters whether you're a Democrat or Republican," she said. "My vision will be that whatever District 100 stands in need of, from our seniors to our children, that you have a great leader who will look out for every constituent at every socioeconomic level."
That includes making sure the state doesn't cut preschool programs or teacher positions and continues to support its senior citizens, she said.
The district includes 17,378 registered voters in parts of Goose Creek, Moncks Corner, Whitesville, Cordesville, Pimlico and Macedonia.
NAME: Tonia Aiken-Taylor
Family: Husband, the Rev. Jerome Taylor, three daughters
Occupation: Co-pastor of Heart to Heart International Ministries; principal of He Arts Christian Academy
Education: Berkeley High School, 1982; Charleston Southern University, 1986, B.A. in communications arts; master's Jacksonville Theological Seminary in 1995; doctorate from Truth Bible College and Seminary in 1996; continuing studies in Christian education at Pensacola Christian College in 2002
Prior public office: Moncks Corner Town Council since 2009
Contact: (843) 499-4446 or firstname.lastname@example.org
NAME: Edward L. Southard
Family: Wife, Patsy; two grown sons
Occupation: Owns Cooper River Construction
Education: T.L. Hanna High School in Anderson
Prior public office: Chairman, Berkeley County Planning Commission
Precincts | Polling Place
Alvin, Macedonia | H.E. Bonner School
Bethera, Huger | Macedonia Fire Department No. 2
Carnes Cross Road No. 1 | Whitesville Rural Fire Department
Cordesville | Cordesville Fire Dept.
Goose Creek 1 | Goose Creek High School
McBeth | Santee Circle Fire Department
Moncks Corner 1 | Berkeley High School
Moncks Corner 2 | National Guard Armory
Moncks Corner 3 | Berkeley Middle School
Moncks Corner 4 | Berkeley Intermediate School
Pimlico | Pimlico Community Center
Wassamassaw 1, 2 | Longridge Fire Department
Howe Hall 1, Medway | Goose Creek High School
Whitesville 1, 2 | Whitesville Elementary School
Contact: 899-6162 or email@example.com