Richland County Treasurer: Joe McEachern II (D)

Date of birth, including year:


Number of years living in the district you seek to represent:

30 years

Family (name of spouse, number and ages of children if at home, number of grown children):



Keenan High School

Graduate of Spartanburg Methodist College (AA)

Graduate of Lander University (BS Business Administration)

Current occupation/employer:

Owner of McEachern Agency (Marketing)

Employment, military and volunteer history:

Owner of McEachern Agency (Continuous over the past 7 years)

Volunteer: St. Lawrence Place, Mayor's Drills & Skills, Westwood High School, Keenan High School, Greenview Elementary, Carver Lyons Elementary, John P. Thomas Elementary, Caughman Rd. Elementary, Bradley Elementary, and Southeast Elementary.

Please list all public offices to which you’ve been elected, when and where:


Please list year and office of any unsuccessful runs for public office:

2010 Richland One School Board

Other political and government experience:


Key endorsements you’ve received:

Representatives Joe McEachern, Leon Howard, Mia McLeod, Joe Neal, Auditor Paul Brawley, County Councilman Torrey Rush, and Richland County School District Two Commissioner Monika Elkins,

1. What makes you the most qualified person to hold this position? (Be specific.)

I understand the budget process from a business aspect. It gives me a perspective that the current treasurer doesn't possess. I must execute contracts with precision. If there are any conflicts or errors on my

part I pay a high price. I have learned how to be accurate and impartial. I've been exposed to the political process and political system most of my life. Very few people have had that kind of opportunity. You put my business experience plus political knowledge together and it is a perfect match to be Treasurer of Richland County

2. What will be your top three priorities if you are elected? (100 words for each issue)

-Restore the integrity of the delinquent property tax sale

-Impartially enforce tax collection (Business taxes versus Residential taxes)

-Won't play politics with the Treasurer's office

3a. For non-incumbents: How would your approach to your job differ from the incumbent’s?

I would work for the citizens of Richland County and not for personal and political gain, not allowing self serving influences dictate how the Treasurer's office is operated.

3b. For incumbents: What do you consider your most significant accomplishments in this office?

4. Describe at least one significant political position you hold that would clash with your political base.

None, I plan to operate the Treasurer's office in a impartial fashion

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.


6. Have you ever filed for bankruptcy or been delinquent on your federal, state or local taxes? If so, please give the details.


7. Are there any personal details about you that voters would be interested in knowing?

I participated in the servicing of under privileged children and community members: District 7/77 Christmas Celebration Giveaway where some children would not have had a Christmas if it wasn't for this event, Summer Air Conditioner Giveaway which was a life saving event for seniors of Richland County, Thanksgiving Turkey giveaway to those who were in need of a Thanksgiving meal.

Participated in the “It Can Wait” AT&T texting and driving campaign I have been involved in political campaigns ranging from school boards to presidential