District 100 decides today

Tonia Aiken-Taylor (left), Eddy Southard (right)

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

Age: 47

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 toniaaikentaylor@gmail.com

NAME: Edward L. Southard

Age: 64

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 cooperriver@homesc.com