Three file for Darlington County Treasurer
By Samantha Lyles, Staff Writer, email@example.com
As longtime Darlington County Treasurer Belinda Copeland readies for retirement, three candidates have filed to serve as her successor.
Candidate Glenda Atkinson (Democrat)
“I am running for Darlington County Treasurer because I want to serve the county I love.
I want to use the relationships made in my career with business and civic leaders to build upon the foundation that our current Treasurer Belinda Copeland has achieved in her tenure,” says Atkinson. “I think more women need to run for office and I hope to encourage others by my example.”
Atkinson studied accounting and earned a degree in political science at Francis Marion University.
She has worked in sales for She Magazine (current), The Messenger, and Palmetto Furniture.
Candidate Jeff Robinson (Republican)
“I’m a native of Darlington, born and raised in Darlington County. I’m a 2009 graduate of Mayo High School for Math, Science, and Technology. From there, I went to Francis Marion University and graduated in 2013 with a degree in political science and a minor in mass communications, and a minor in religious studies,” says Robinson, adding that he hopes his candidacy will help stem the trend of young people leaving the area rather than staying and contributing locally.
“Darlington loses a lot of their best and brightest when kids go off to school at Clemson or Carolina and they never come back… but we need young people to stay and serve their county,” says Robinson. “I am young, capable, and motivated to do the best job possible for Darlington County.”
Candidate Robin Slater Edwards (Democrat)
“I graduated from St. John’s High School in 1977 and started working at the Treasurer’s Office in 1978. I’ve been there for 38 years – 31 years as the Deputy Treasurer,” says Slater Edwards. “I feel that my experience qualifies me to run for this office.”
Slater Edwards says she is proud of the strides the Treasurer’s Office has made in providing choices and flexibility for taxpayers, including options to pay taxes online, by mail, or at various local banks, by cash, check, or debit/credit cards, virtually eliminating the fear of getting caught in a rush of customers at the courthouse.
“Technology is always changing, and we’ve worked to keep up with the latest to increase convenience for the taxpayer. I want to keep that going,” says Slater Edwards.
Slater Edwards and Atkinson will face off in the Primary Election, set for June 14, with the winner going on to face Robinson in the General Election on November 8.
For more information about polling locations, contact the Darlington County Office of Elections and Registration at 843-398-4900.