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Helen Garvin Announces as Write-In Candidate for County Council Dist. 4 Race

web posted August 8, 2012

TRENTON – The field of candidates for the County Council District 4 seat just became more crowded and a lot more interesting. Helen Garvin, a life-long Edgefield County resident has tossed her hat into the ring of three current candidates already on the ballot. Garvin has announced she will seek the Dist. 4 seat as a write-in candidate. "The things I will 'bring to the table' are: an appreciation for the task at hand, the understanding this job is not about me but the people I represent, a dedication to hard work, and an integrity that comes from fearing God more than man," Garvin said.

"Sometimes fresh ideas are needed to create new energy."

Mrs. Garvin has been married to her husband Jerry for 35 years and they have one daughter, Noelle Etheridge who, along with her husband Cliff, graced the family with a grand daughter - Helen Elizabeth. Mrs. Garvin's husband Jerry is the pastor at Gilgal Baptist Church.

Garvin has spent the last 30 plus years committed to her work as a teacher at Merriwether Elementary, North Augusta Elementary, and the past 20 years at Belvedere Elementary. She has been awarded Teacher of the Year 3 times at Belvedere Elementary, once at Merriwether Elementary, plus Young Educator of the Year in her eight years at Merriwether Elementary.

Though retired from teaching, she is currently working as a "Math Interventionist" at Belvedere Elementary.

"I desire to be a County Council Member that will actually take the time to discern how the people - all the people regardless of their race, culture, age, or socioeconomic standing - feel about the issues facing our county, and then vote accordingly," she said.

Garvin said, "Being a County Council Member is an important position that should not be taken lightly." She said she will bring the same level of commitment to the county council that she has provided for her students over the years - something that has brought her great respect from residents in and outside of the county council district.

She will face off against a crowded Democrat field of Tracey Freeman (D-Dist 4), incumbent and now petition candidate Willie Bright, and former Council member Betty Butler, also a petition candidate.

A committee supporting her run has already been put into place with several members vowing to help her get elected.

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