Richland County Council member Jim Manning is being challenged in the Nov. 8 election in District 8 by Todd Phillips. The State’s editorial board sent questionnaires to both candidates. Mr. Manning’s responses are below.
Year of birth: 1956
Political party: Democratic
Position you are seeking: Richland County Council District 8
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.) The combined and intertwined knowledge and practical skill set of a Masters in Social Work (MSW) and Masters in Public Administration (MPA) prepares me to bring a sense of compassion to the understanding of government operations. Additionally, with 27 years of applying this skill set at a State residential facility serving individuals with intellectual disabilities and in the State’s child welfare system; and 7 years in a County government legislative role, I believe I am most qualified to hold the position for which I am running. Finally, my track record of integrity in over 3 decades of public service is above reproach.
2. What will be your top three priorities if you are elected? (100 words for each issue)
(1) Public Safety: People have to feel safe where they live, work and play. This includes law enforcement, fire fighter services and EMS ambulance amenities.
(2) Fixing our crumbling roads: Traversing from point to point with adequate transportation infrastructure; and a viable public transportation system, is imperative for a vital County.
(3) Education Excellence: Counties cannot effectively grow jobs and recruit business without strong public school systems.
3b. For incumbents: What do you consider your most significant accomplishments in this office? (a) Decker Blvd. Revitalization (b) the new Richland Library Sandhills Branch with the School District’s Institute of Innovation (R2i2) (c) new restrooms and snack bar at Polo Road Park soccer fields (d) hiring of the 1st Economic Development Director (e) Candlewood Master Plan (f) Firefighters trained in CPR and ambulance driving (g) Anti-Human Sex Trafficking (h) hiring of the 1st Sustainability Director
4. Describe at least one significant political position you hold that demonstrates your willingness to work across party lines even if it is at odds with your political base. My support of local business is at times seen as being at odds with my political party.
5. What would you do to help restore voters’ confidence in the Richland County Council? To help restore voters’ confidence, I will work with Council members to hold Quarterly Council Confidence Issues Meetings around the County. Potential topics would include: Growth and Urban Sprawl, Code Enforcement, Transportation Penny, Economic Development, Sustainability, etc.
6. 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
7. Have you ever filed for bankruptcy or been delinquent on your federal, state or local taxes? If so, please give the details. No
8. Are there any personal details about you that voters would be interested in knowing? I am a runner to maintain my physical, emotional and mental health. Also, my puppy Gigi Camaro and I love going to Soda City, community festivals and celebrations, and all other “pet friendly” events.
Number of years living in the district you seek to represent: 22 years
Family (name of spouse, number and ages of children if at home, number of grown children): Spouse - Sandra C. Manning, Ph.D.
Grown Children - Jim (Married to Amanda) and Luke
Education: Masters in Social Work (WVU) and Masters in Public Administration (USC)
Current occupation/employer: Social Worker - Palmetto AIDS Life Support Service of SC, Inc.
Employment, military and volunteer history:
Palmetto AIDS Life Support Services of SC, Inc. - 7/2007 - Present
SC Dept. of Disabilities & Special Needs; Midlands Center – 7/1985 – 6/2007
Richland County DSS - 1980 - 1985
Midlands Tech Human Services Advisory Board
Various leadership positions with the National Association of Social Workers
Gills Creek Watershed Association
Harvest Hope Food From the Heart Program
Anti-Human Sex Trafficking Task Force
Sunday School Teacher
Northeast Networking Group
Please list all public offices to which you’ve been elected, when and where:
County Council, 2 terms 2009 - current - Richland County SC
Please list year and office of any unsuccessful runs for public office: n/a
Other political and government experience:
Chairman - Forest Acres Municipal Elections Commission and ran several campaigns for
school board and other local candidates.
Chairman, Richland County DSS Board of Directors
Chairman, Richland County Foster Care Review Board
Key endorsements you’ve received:
Columbia/Richland Fire Fighters Association
Building Industry Association
Social Work Association
Asphalt Paving Association
Association of General Contractors
Senator Joel Lourie
Senator Darrell Jackson
Representative James Smith
Representative Leon Howard
Representative Todd Rutherford
Representative Jimmy Bales
Representative Joe Neal
Former Governor Jim Hodges
Solicitor Dan Johnson
Coroner Gary Watts
Clerk of Court Jeanette McBride
Treasurer David Adams
Councilman Paul Livingston
Councilman Damon Jeter
Councilwoman Joyce Dickerson
Senator Thomas McElveen
Senator Vincent Sheheen
School District Two Commissioner Dr. Cheryl Caution-Parker
School District Two Commissioner James Manning
School District Two Commissioner Calvin “Chip” Jackson
Mayor Mark Huguley (Arcadia Lakes)
Mayor Steve Benjamin
Councilman Sam Davis
Councilwoman Tameka Isaac Devine
School District One Commissioner Pamela Adams
School District One Commissioner Jamie Devine
School District One Commissioner Dwayne Smiling
Mayor Geraldene Robinson (Eastover)
Dr. Raj Aluri
Vivian Clark Armstead
Lady June Cole
Alice M. Dean
Carol and Don Fowler
Beverly D. Frierson
Delaine A. Frierson
Shirley Deloris Furtick
Mari M. Gonzales
Tanya Rodriques Hodges
Sam P. Johnson
Master M. C. Kim
Frank E. McBride
Mildred Weathers McDuffie
Emma McGraw Myers
Dr. Albert A. Neal
Dr. Mary M. Rawls
Dr. Sandra Ray
Dr. Jasper Salmon
Dr. Todd Shaw
Herbert and Sandra Sims
Chung Ho Yi
Dr. James Harris
B. J. Jones