Dems in Spring Hill precinct to choose nominee for S.C. House 53 seat

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By The Staff

Voters in the Spring Hill precinct who cast Democratic ballots in the Tuesday, June 10, primary will have a say in who will represent their party in the November election for the S.C. House District 53 seat. 


Amy Brown, a Chesterfield Town Council member, and Anthony Waymyers, a career specialist at Long Middle School in Cheraw and pastor are seeking the party nod.

The two filed after S.C. Rep. Ted Vick announced in March that he would not seek a sixth term in the S.C. General Assembly. 

S.C. House District 53 includes the Spring Hill precinct in eastern Lancaster County.

The primary winner will face Republican Richie Yow in the fall.  

Democratic candidate profles for S.C. House District 53

Amy Brown

• Age: Unknown

• Mailing address: 101 Mill St., Chesterfield 

• Contact information: abrown4house53@gmail.com or (843) 623-7140

• Family: One son, J.J., a graduate of the University of South Carolina 

• Education: Associate degree in business from Northeastern Community College; Municipal Association of South Carolina courses; Rural Leadership S.C. Certification (trained and certified in rural leadership management); certified grant writer affiliated with the Grant Writers Association of South Carolina   

• Occupation: Licensed instructor, registered cosmetologist and owner of Off The Top Hair Studio, Weddings and Events 

• Political/job experience: Member of Chesterfield Town Council (18 years); served on Pee Dee Coalition; United Way of Chesterfield County; Guardian ad Litem; Old Courthouse Restoration; YMCA Board and Healthy Heart coordinator; S.C. First Lady’s Women Health Campaign; Chamber of Commerce; Cheraw Jazz Festival; S.C. Afterschool Alliance; Olde English District Welcome to S.C.; the Chesterfield County Five Year Strategic Planning; the National Day of Prayer; and on the steering committees of Connie Maxwell Children’s Home, Palmetto Baptist Medical Center and Governor’s Youth Council

• What do you see as the biggest issues facing S.C. House District 53? We need to be equipped with the tools to attract commerce, large and small. Education, economics and infrastructure are are always at the top of of list, however, there are other issues that we are challenged with that need to be taken into consideration.   

• How do you intend to deal with those issues? Chesterfield County officials must start working more with legislators and partner with other counties to bring natural gas, which will help attract industry and business. When it comes to education, some elements of “No Child Left Behind” work and some don’t. I seek to serve all citizens of Chesterfield and Lancaster counties with an approach of integrity and accountability. I am well trained in the municipalities. I am rooted in this community. I have served in this community. I know who’s who in this community and I know how to connect with who’s who. 


Editor’s note: Brown did not return a candidate’s profile questionnaire that was emailed to her in mid-May. The above information was compiled from her Statement and Intention of Candidacy & Party Pledge, as well as a May 2014 interview with the Pageland Progressive Journal and remarks she made at a Meet The Candidates forum held May 29 in Cheraw.  


Anthony Waymyers

• Age: 44

• Mailing address: 415 State Road, Cheraw, SC 29520

• Contact information: atwaymyers@me.com (email), (843) 910-3993 (cell), (843) 537-9515 (fax)

• Family: Married to Sophia Waymyers (math instructor at Francis Marion University; four children Kayla, a 2014 graduate of Clemson University; Ashley, a junior at Emory University; Raven, sophomore at Winthrop University, and Anthony II, a seventh-grader at Long Middle School

• Education: Bachelor’s degree from Claflin University and conference course study at Duke University

• Occupation: Career specialist with Chesterfield County School District and pastor/organizer of Grace Temple Fellowship Church 

• Job/political experience: Pastor, 22 years; career specialist eight years; owner/operator of Seasons Cafe and Catering and a licensed real estate agent 

What do you see as the biggest issues facing S.C. House District 53? The biggest issues are those that I believe have prompted me to offer myself as a servant to District 53. These issues are also what I’m actively involved in –first, education, primarily as it relates to technology; secondly, economic development as it relates to small businesses and creating jobs; and thirdly infrastructure.

• How do you intend to deal with those issues? I plan to deal with education first by educating our communities on how funds are allocated to districts. I want to make sure Chesterfield County and Lancaster County school district students have the same privileges with technology advancements as other districts. Our world has moved into a technological age and we need to make sure our students and staff are prepared to participate effectively. 

With economic development, we have to utilize our agencies and make sure they are working together to attract businesses. We have to offer training and support, as well as encouraging small businesses to stay open. We will have to look at how small businesses are being taxed and find ways to keep them open. 

Thirdly, our roads and bridges are in much need of repair. There are still dirt roads that need paving where there are actually people living and traveling. We need creative ways of funding and cutting other budgets. I plan to collaborate with other legislators and work as a team to allocate funds for S.C. House District 53.