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Helen Garvin Announces as Write-In Candidate for County Council Dist. 4
web posted August 8, 2012
TRENTON – The field of candidates
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
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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