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Aiken County Democratic Party meets at 7pm on the 3rd Thursday of every month at Odell Weeks Recreation Center Room One.
Excerpt from the Aiken Standard on our Fish Fry: Among the speakers at the event was John Brecht, Democratic candidate for Aiken City Council District 3. "As part of my campaigning, I have had a blast knocking on doors and talking to my neighbors," Brecht said. "Not once do they mention state and national politics."
Brecht, who said "backyard" issues were most important to those he spoke with, is advocating for an end to partisan municipal elections. He pointed out only seven cities in South Carolina still have these types of elections – three of which are in Aiken County.
"It is crucial to our future," he said.
Aiken City Councilwoman Gail Diggs, District 1, served as a guest speaker for the event. She expressed her support for Brecht, and elaborated on some of the challenges of being a public servant – and why she continues to be one.
"Service on City Council is rearranging your schedule, endless meetings and events that take you away from your family," Diggs said. "All we have to do is get one phone call from a constituent just telling us what a difference we made in a situation when we happened to intervene on their behalf."
Diggs spoke on her vote to put the Aiken Department of Public Safety's new headquarters in its current location on Beaufort Street in an effort to curb local crime, and her determination to fund the Smith-Hazel Recreation Center pool project.
Diggs is running for re-election for her current seat on City Council.