Micah Caskey and Rosemounda Peggy Butler are seeking the House District 89 seat in Lexington County that is being vacated by Rep. Kenny Bingham. The State’s editorial board sent questionnaires to both candidates. Ms, Butler’s responses are below.
Year of birth: 1952
Political Party: Democrat
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Please limit your response to each of the following questions to about 100 words.
1. What makes you the most qualified person to hold this position? (Be specific.)
I am proud of my record of service to our community. It is a record of hard work, inclusion and effectiveness. For the twelve years I was in office, serving as a Council Member, I was able to acquire a CDBG Grant totaling $489,000 to annex a drug ridden community into the city with services and revitalization of homes; therefore benefitting children and families. I feel that my life history has prepared me to gain District 89 seat, so that I can work together with others to promote a better South Carolina we can be proud to call home.
2. What will be your top three priorities if you are elected? (100 words for each issue)
1.Preserve public school education that wouldn’t be as costly as it is now. Our public school system has created an extra burden on some families that are already strapped for extra income, especially if there are two or more children attending school. The majority of students living in District 89 are from a low socio economic background. Therefore school fees has risen to the point that it creates more tension in families, where parents are already working two jobs to make ends meet.
2.Create more jobs that have higher wages, especially for students who can’t afford a four year college education after graduating from high school. More jobs that require skills that may be attained from a technical college. Bringing jobs into the state that would offer free tuition to those who are hired by that company, as well as offering great benefits. Therefore retaining some of our best and brightest students from leaving the state in search of better job opportunities.
3.Providing affordable health care for everyone. South Carolina has the next highest percentage per capita of uninsured citizens. Our people are dying at a higher rate due to the lack of insurance. Those who are jobless, homeless, and disabled can’t afford insurance, therefore when they become sick their only recourse is the Emergency Rooms., creating a back log for those who really need the ER. Voting for Medicaid Expansion would indeed help the state as well as the uninsured or underinsured, especially if the Federal government is going to pay for the first three years.
3a. For non-incumbents: How would your approach to your job differ from the incumbent’s?
There is no incumbent so I have nothing to compare.
4. Describe at least one significant political position you hold that would clash with your political base.
I currently serve on Central Midlands Council of Governments Transportation Sub Committee as a Disability Advocate. This Committee has elected officials from all Political parties as well as every office, other than Governor and Lt. Governor. I work very well with each of these elected officials across party lines when it comes to assuring that the citizens has all modes of transportation to fit their needs. There are some Counties , however that refuses to understand the need for all modes of transportation and withholds their funding sources that causes that region not to have the necessary modes of transportation for their constituency.
5. Have you ever been convicted of a crime, been disciplined by a professional licensing board or organization or had an ethics complaint filed against you? If so, please give the details.
No, to all of the questions.
6. Have you ever filed for bankruptcy or been delinquent on your federal, state or local taxes? If so, please give the details.
No, to all questions.
7. Are there any personal details about you that voters would be interested in knowing?
My left leg is fused due to a staph infection (MRSA) that refused to go away. In 1994, I had 18 operations that left me without a knee. Therefore my leg doesn’t bend. It is permanently straight. That left me with PTSD that has never changed my outlook on life. I have a greater faith in God due to my new way of walking. Two years ago, my husband went to sleep and never woke up, again. He just journeyed on to be with the Lord. No signs of a stroke or heart attack was found. Just natural causes. Two weeks ago, my father went home to be with the Lord. I feel that everything I have endured over the years has prepared me for such a time as this.
I lived in this district all of my life.
I ran unsuccessfully for re-election in 2005, for the office of West Columbia City Council.
I have received endorsements from Former House of Representatives, Dr. Alma Byrd, James Felder and the S.C. AFL-CIO.
Rosemounda “Peggy” Percell-Butler dedicates her life to public service through her role as a Community Activist. Peggy was the 1st first African-American elected to the City of West Columbia, South Carolina in 1993- 2005. She also was the first female Mayor Pro-Tem.
During her tenure, she was elected to the National League Board of Directors (NLC) by her peers. She also served as the Regional Director for South Carolina while serving on National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials Board of Directors (NBC-LEO). Peggy was Chair of the South Carolina’s Conference of Black Municipal Elected Officials (CBMEO). She also served as Chair of the Lexington County Municipal Elected Officials.
The former Raleigh Street Park was officially changed to the Rosemounda Percell-Butler Community Park. Her name is also located on the cornerstone of the new West Columbia City Hall Administration Building.
Peggy is an advocate for the elderly and disabled constituents everywhere. She currently serves on the Central Midlands Council of Governments Regional Sub Transportation Advisory Committee as a Disability Advocate. She also serves as a Community Advocate for Central Midlands Regional Aging and Disability Advisory Committee.
Peggy retired on Disability from South Carolina Department of Mental Health as a Registered Nurse. She graduated from Midlands Technical College Practical Nursing Program, becoming a Licensed Practical Nurse in1984 and started her career at SCDMH. While working there, she realized the need to further her education and returned to Midlands Technical College to receive an Associate Degree in Nursing in 1988; therefore becoming a Registered Nurse. Eventually,she decided to join the South Carolina Army National Guard as a Second Lieutenant. She was assigned to the 251st Evacuation Hospital as an Army nurse. After graduating from Fort Sam Houston Army Officers Basic Class in San Antonio, Texas, she was then activated to the US Army and was stationed in Saudi Arabia, better known as Desert Storm/ Persian Gulf War. After returning home she went back to SCDMH. She is a Gulf War Disabled Veteran.
Peggy is a member of the Brookland Baptist Church, where she is a member of the Trustee Board. She is a Life member of the National Council of Negro Women, Ruth Grand Chapter #74 Order of the Eastern Star, a Life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, member of the American Legion and Board Member of Brookland Community Center for Economic Change ( BCCEC). Peggy is also a member of the Piney Grove-Bonnie Forest Lions Club.