McLeod, Brill Debate Over Senate Seat

Debate for the senate seat

Richland County, SC (WLTX) - Just about 50 people showed up Monday night to Richland Northeast High School as Representative Mia McLeod and Richland Two School Board Member Susan Brill took the stage to debate the issues.

The two are vying for the District 22 Senate seat that will be vacant come January when Senator Joel Lourie leaves office.

Lourie is not seeking re-election.

Both candidates used their past records in an effort to sway voters.

"I fought for the people of Richland County when many people were disenfranchised during the elections debacle of 2012. And i was the first member of our legislative delegation to demand transparency and accountability of the elections director and her staff," Mia McLeod said.

"I've served 17 years in public service. Two terms in Richland County Council and now 10 as a member of the Richland County School Board," said Susan Brill.

The two tackled many issues including education, infrastructure, and the role of government in special purpose districts.  

Both favor a gas tax to fund improvements on the roads.

In the case of the county's embattled Recreation Commission, McLeod says she will introduce a bill that would give legislators the ability to remove officials recommended by legislators, while Brill says the current process is taking course and proving successful.

Brill said her biggest strength is her temperament.

"I'm used to working with people and I respect all people," she said.

McLeod said her tenacity proves she's a fighter.

"I'm willing to stand up and do what's right even when it's not politically expedient," she said.

Election Day is Tuesday, November 8.

(© 2016 WLTX)


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