The Advocates: My favorite time of the year

October 9, 2020

One of my favorite Benjamin Franklin quotes is attributed to a statement he supposedly made at the close of the Constitutional Convention of 1787.  A woman stopped Franklin as he left Independence Hall on the final day of deliberation and asked Dr. Franklin, “Well Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?” Franklin replied, “A republic… if you can keep it.”

Our Constitution creates a representative republic. Unlike a pure democracy, elected representatives make laws. The Constitution limits the powers of the majority and protects the individual and minorities from unlimited power. Our power as citizens is to elect those representatives.

And, in that spirit, the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce Political Action Committee (Chamber PAC) announced its endorsements this week for the upcoming elections for Charleston County Council, Goose Creek City Council and Charleston County School Board. 

To be considered for the endorsement, candidates for open seats completed a written questionnaire and participated in an interview with Chamber PAC members. The process revealed candidates’ perspective on critical issues facing the metro region.

The Chamber PAC is endorsing the following candidates:

Review the candidates. Think about what is important to you and your family. And, think about keeping the republic. Then go vote.

Now you know why this is my favorite time of year

Scott Barhight
Senior Vice President of Government Relations

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