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Margie Bright Matthews Victorious in Runoff to Take Senate Dist. 45 Seat
9/16/2015 5:20:04 PM

Margie Bright Matthews
Staff Reports

Though she was up against a formidable field of contenders for the S.C. Senate Dist. 45 seat formerly held by the late Rev. Clementa Pinckney, Walterboro attorney Margie Bright Matthews said she was confident since day one, she’d be successful in winning the Democratic nomination to fill the seat. She did just that in the Democratic primary election September 15.

Bright Matthews outpaced 10-year veteran S.C. House of Representatives member Kenneth Hodges of Colleton County to take the District 45 seat. She led the September 1 Democratic primary election with 37 percent of the vote compared to Hodges who won 35 percent of the vote.

Bright Matthews credited her victory to hard work and passion. “I know we can do better than what we’re now doing in Columbia,” she said Tuesday while celebrating her victory at her Walterboro law office. “I’m not a politician and I don’t want to be a politician. I ran for the people of District 45 who knew I was the right person for the job. I’m properly trained and they knew I was the right person to take Rev. Pinckney’s vision forward.”

Bright Matthews will face Republican Al Fernandez in the Oct. 20 special election. If successful she said she has three priorities for the district - education, education, education.

“Through education we can reduce crime, prepare our people for jobs, and give our children the sense of self worth they need to build our community,” said Bright Matthews.

“What are we saying when we fund our prison inmates at about $16,000 annually and fund our public school students at just over $12,000 annually? We have to change that equation and do right by our children,” said Bright Matthews who is both a mother and grandmother.

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