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Lexington Town Councilmember intends to run for SC House District 87

Lexington, SC (Paul Kirby) Lexington Town Council member Todd Carnes has announced that he will run for the SC House in District 87, a seat currently held by Representative Todd Atwater. Atwater has said that he will not seek reelection to that seat so that he can challenge Alan Wilson who is currently our state's Attorney General. Carnes was first elected to serve on the Lexington Town Council in March of 2014. His current term would expire in November of 2020.

In his statement e-mailed to The Ledger this week, Carnes said, "It is with great pleasure that I announce my candidacy for the SC House District 87 seat. If given this opportunity to serve the citizens of Lexington County, I look forward to engaging the House of Representatives in a way that will provide us with all the necessary resources for our wonderful, growing community."

Carnes has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and says that his knowledge of infrastructure development will help him to work diligently to seek funding sources for the roadways throughout our county that are in desperate need of repair and reconfiguration. He said this has been a primary focus during his last four years as a councilman for the Town of Lexington. Lexington is currently in the process of implementing some of the solutions they have developed as a result. Carnes says that although he is proud of the solutions that are in the works, many more must be found to accommodate the growth projections for this area moving forward. He says that this will require help from the state. If elected, Carnes said that he would also address the larger, macro problems in our state related to infrastructure issues and inefficiencies in our large state agencies.

Carnes said that if he prevails in the campaign, he will serve in the State House with passion and unwavering commitment. Public service seems to be in his blood. In the past, he has served with the Southern Baptist mission board in Russia for 3 years as an international missionary and aid worker. He has also travelled the world, leading relief efforts as a pastor with Lexington Baptist Church, and later in pastoral leadership helping to establish Radius Church within the community. Currently, he is in an executive leadership position at SouthernMED Pediatrics in Lexington.

Carnes finished by saying, "With Representative Atwater’s departure, it is imperative that we fill this open seat with positive, competent leadership in order to preserve the outstanding quality of life we now enjoy and desire to pass down to our children. That will be my singular goal as your representative."

Carnes is scheduled to appear for an interview with Paul Kirby on Good Morning Lexington County on Monday, March 5, 2018 at 7:45 a.m. His interview can be watched live at facebook.com/swlexledger. You can find out more about Todd Carnes on Facebook at Carnes' FACEBOOK, or on Twitter at Carnes' Twitter.

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