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Chapin Accountant To Run For Lexington County Council

POLITICAL NEWBIE EYES SEAT … We’re always saying how more “non-political” people should seek elected office in this state … well, one of them from our founding editor’s own backyard is doing just that. Chapin, S.C. accountant Erin Long Bergeson – a small businesswoman who has never sought or held elected…

POLITICAL NEWBIE EYES SEAT …

We’re always saying how more “non-political” people should seek elected office in this state … well, one of them from our founding editor’s own backyard is doing just that.

Chapin, S.C. accountant Erin Long Bergeson – a small businesswoman who has never sought or held elected office before – says she will run for Lexington county council next year.  Bergeson’s stated reason for running?  She wants to make things easier on her fellow small business owners and taxpayers.

“I’m not a politician and I’ve never served in political office nor been on a government payroll,” Bergeson told us.  “I’m a small business owner in Chapin who has a deep desire to serve Lexington county.  I’m a fiscal conservative who is concerned about the direction we’re heading – and believe I can use my experience as a CPA and as a small business owner to make county government more efficient and more effective.  I will strive to always be accessible, accountable, trustworthy and hard-working.”

Well-said …

But … where is Bergeson on specific fiscal policy?  You know … like the massive tax hike being pushed by outgoing county council leader Johnny Jeffcoat?  Is she one of those candidates who talks a good game only to tuck tail and run when it comes time to opposed government-sponsored theivery?

Apparently not …

“Based on my assessment of the original proposal, I was completely against (it) and – unless there is something that has changed – my position remains the same,” she said, referring to the eight-year, $270 million tax hike proposal that was rejected by Lexington voters last fall.

Tax hikers are hoping to put an eight-year, $300 million hike on the ballot in 2016.

Bergeson said the recent flooding that rocked the Midlands region of the Palmetto State has indeed created new infrastructure needs, but that she hopes to address those needs by better prioritizing existing spending – not raising taxes.

“Given the recent events, we will need to address the roads issue and I am hopeful the needs can be addressed via a more efficient use of our current tax base,” she said.

That’s music to our ears …

Dino Teppera – a press spokesman at the S.C. Department of Education – has already announced his intention to seek this seat.  Teppera is also running on a fiscally conservative platform.

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39 comments

Rocky Verdad November 4, 2015 at 5:30 pm

Dang – she’s one good lookin’ accountant. Shifty – you check this out?

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shifty henry November 4, 2015 at 9:20 pm

” I will strive to always be accessible …”
There’ll be a long line, brothers, if she gets elected! I saved her foto but cropped it — don’t know the significance of her in the middle of that field, though. Everyone talks about getting a “fresh face” into political office — and here she is..!!

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CorruptionInColumbia November 4, 2015 at 9:50 pm

That’s what I thought upon first reading the pict…, er article.

The comments that she is in with Johnny Jeffcoat are cause for serious concern. If true, rather than a fresh face, it will be the same old dung in a new package, something LexCo can quite well do without.

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Mike at the Beach November 4, 2015 at 10:21 pm Reply
shifty henry November 5, 2015 at 1:18 pm

She’s a healthy example of Southern Womanhood…..

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CorruptionInColumbia November 4, 2015 at 5:32 pm

I hope she sticks to her guns on the tax increase and doesn’t become easily swayed by the lure of “free money” when her fellow councilpersons start explaining it to her how things are done. Good luck and Godspeed!

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jimlewisowb November 4, 2015 at 5:52 pm

Nice hay bales

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Rocky Verdad November 4, 2015 at 6:04 pm

Yes they are. “Vood you like a roll in zee hay, doctor?”

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Aformerteacher November 5, 2015 at 6:52 am

Erin, go get them! A wonderful student, a fantastic personality and from a great family! A change from the old, sticks in the mud, no good old farts!

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Danny November 6, 2015 at 10:25 am

Right from the start… Mungo just hosted a fundraiser for her (at his house). I have met her and like her. And she is conservative but, from what I experienced, she doesn’t want to ‘make waves’, ‘upset the apple cart’, ‘shake the leaves from the trees’. We will see who aligns with whom….

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Jj November 4, 2015 at 6:18 pm

She was hand picked by Johnny Jeffcoat to run and he openly said at a previous meeting he will support her. Also, how do you file when filing opens in March?

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jimlewisowb November 4, 2015 at 6:29 pm

Hope that is not the case

Don’t care if Cockroach Jeffcoat is her biggest cheerleader, however if she begins to sound off as wanting to be just like JJ then mark her DOA at the voting booth

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CorruptionInColumbia November 4, 2015 at 6:56 pm

You should care, Jim. If this is true, no doubt Johnny and her have made arrangements for the favor to be paid back, and I’m not talking about a victimless meat-for-meat swap, either. You’ve been around long enough to know how these roaches roll over here.

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CorruptionInColumbia November 4, 2015 at 6:51 pm

God, I hope not. If so, his endorsement should be the death of her candidacy as we know he already has arranged favors in return for his support, and I’m not talking about stuff that would not cost the taxpayers, either

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TroubleBaby November 4, 2015 at 6:56 pm

Wait, are you telling me she’s NOT MORMON?

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The Buzzman November 4, 2015 at 6:19 pm

Hay now.

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TroubleBaby November 4, 2015 at 6:47 pm

Daaaaamn….she’s easy on the eyes.

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Donald November 4, 2015 at 6:52 pm

“Given the recent events, we will need to address the roads issue and I am hopeful the needs can be addressed via a more efficient use of our current tax base”

Don’t give us political platitudes, tell us what services you are going to reduce or cut and which you will create or increase. Just because you promise to spend tax dollars “differently” does not mean your way will be “better”.

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TroubleBaby November 4, 2015 at 6:53 pm

I agree! When do I get to give her a full audit?

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CorruptionInColumbia November 4, 2015 at 7:00 pm

For one thing, we could stop buildingvendless recreation complexes. We’re almost “recreation poor” as it is.

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Lone Ranger November 4, 2015 at 7:00 pm

And of course Dino—another refugee from the staff of I-Lie-To-Conservatives-Joe Wilson—says he’s a “conservative” just like RINO Joe
Dino said…I, too, will NOT let you vote on removing patriots’ flag and love sticking myself up Boehner and Ryan—spending like I’m on snow !!!

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ChapinCharles November 4, 2015 at 8:56 pm

He LIES!

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Roseanne November 4, 2015 at 7:33 pm

Files? Filing will open in March.

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ChapinCharles November 4, 2015 at 8:54 pm

Jeffcoat has made it clear she is his candidate. That means she is also the hack for that cabal of JJ cronies such as Loveless, Mungo’s, McLeod and the homebuilders lobby that does nothing but cause the road and congestion mess then takes the money and runs. Need a real candidate other than this JJ clone and homebuilders shill and that Joe Wilson disciple Dino whatshisname.

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shifty henry November 4, 2015 at 11:28 pm

How can you tell when an accountant is extroverted?
He looks at your shoes while he’s talking to you instead of his own.

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shifty henry November 4, 2015 at 11:54 pm

SIGNS YOUR ACCOUNTANT MAY BE NUTS

Insists that there is no such number as four.

Advises to save you postage by filing your
taxes telepathically.

In several places in your tax return has
written “give or take a million dollars.”

Instead of a CPA license he has a framed
photo of a shirtless Alex Trebeck.

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Cube Warrior November 5, 2015 at 9:45 am

I would vote for her so hard.

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swpbbls November 5, 2015 at 12:22 pm

Well alright — it’s like a new and pure foal hath been borned.

And Jiminy Criminy do we need one.

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Garby November 5, 2015 at 1:13 pm

Why do women think the “beauty contestant’ pose is appropriate when they’re trying to project a professional image?

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E Norma Scok November 5, 2015 at 2:18 pm

Because she has nice cans, and plans to use them for her advantage.

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shifty henry November 5, 2015 at 2:27 pm

A woman had lunch with 2 of her unmarried friends. One is
engaged, one is a mistress, and she has been married for 20+ years.

They were chatting about their relationships and decided to amaze their men by greeting them at the door wearing a black bra, stiletto heels and a mask over their eyes. They agreed to meet in a few days to exchange notes.

Here’s how it all went…..

The Engaged Friend: “The other night when my boyfriend came over he found me with a black leather bodice, tall stilettos and a mask. He saw me and said, ‘You are
the woman of my dreams. I love you.’ Then we made passionate love all night long.”

The Mistress: “Me too! The other night I met my lover at
his office and I was wearing a raincoat, under it only the black bra, heels and mask over my eyes. When I opened the raincoat he didn’t say a word, but he started to tremble and we had wild sex all night.”

The Wife had to share her story:” When my husband came home I was wearing the black bra, black stockings, stilettos and a mask over my eyes. When he came in the
door and saw me he said….

‘What’s for dinner, Zorro?’…..”

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Zerves November 5, 2015 at 2:03 pm

WHEN she wins, she’s going to do a Great job! She’s just what Lexington needs!

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swpbbls November 5, 2015 at 4:05 pm

Whenz the ‘lection?

I vote Yay.

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Id still lay her November 5, 2015 at 7:57 pm

She’s a nice woman but her very first event was hosted by Stewart Mungo and Johnny Jeffcoat. NEXT!

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ChapinCharles November 6, 2015 at 10:51 pm

Of course they did. She is a Mungo hack like Phil Yarborough and will be expected to be a tool of these tax and spend developers who are pushing for tax increase to fix roads to their future development sites. She wins and Mungo homebuilding goons have 2 votes on council. Be afraid. Be very afraid. . .

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TigerMan November 6, 2015 at 10:28 pm

Another tea party dope, not shocking in Lexington. That city is doomed for gridlock traffic and horrible city planning if they keep voting these idiots in office.

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grasan November 7, 2015 at 7:36 am

Now that’s a candidate that I could get behind……

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Truth November 8, 2015 at 11:33 pm

There are no fiscal conservatives in Lexington county. Only liberals calling themselves republicans.

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