PICKENS COUNTY — The League of Women Voters is hosting a discussion panel on Nov. 19 featuring area speakers and public officials.
The workshop is designed to help citizens better communicate with their public officials.
“Panelists will discuss the most effective ways to communicate with elected officials, using as examples two topics supported by the League of Women Voters: growth management and independent redistricting,” said Cece Parker in a released statement. “The League supports the management of growth to preserve and enhance quality of life for all residents. It also supports the drawing of district lines to protect the right of voters to choose their elected officials.”
Gerrymandering is a system currently used by elected officials to select which voters will be voting for them.
Included in Sunday’s panel is Rep. Gary E. Clary who represents District 3 in Pickens County in the South Carolina House of Representatives.
Clary is a retired Circuit Judge and Certified Mediator-Arbitrator. He is also a life member of Sertoma International, founding Master of the Haynesworh-Perry Inn of Court, a Paul Harris Fellow (Rotary), the author of two books and an active member of many civic organizations.
Also scheduled to be in attendance is Lynn Teague, vice-president for Issues & Action of the League of Women Voters of South Carolina.
“In this position she lobbies the S.C. legislature and is one of only two unpaid registered lobbyists,” stated Parker.
A native of S.C., Teague spent many years in Arizona as Curator of Archaeology at the Arizona State Museum.
Shelia Crawford was invited to the panel to as President of the Pickens County Chapter of the NAACP. She has spoken to the public on many issues, including opposition to closing Simpson Academy, said Parker.
The final panelist for Sunday’s workshop is Lillian Brock Flemming who represents District 2 on the Greenville City Council.
A graduate of Furman University (bachelor’s and master’s), Flemming taught high school mathematics for 23 years and has received many awards, including an Honorary Doctorate from Furman University, Parker stated.
The workshop, sponsored by The League of Women Voters in the Clemson Area, is free and open to the public and will be held at Abel Baptist Church, 150 Abel Road, in Clemson, on Sunday, Nov. 19 from 3–4:30 p.m.
For more information, visit www.lwvclemsonarea.org.