Susan Brill, a candidate for the South Carolina Senate Seat #22, brings to the table nearly 20 years of public service experience. The Columbia native, who graduated from Hand Junior High and Dreher High School, began her political career when she was still in college. While an undergrad at the University of North Carolina she worked for Senator Strom Thurmond. Once Brill graduated from UNC, she returned to Washington, D.C. to work for Senator Mark Hatfield of Oregon. Since those early years in politics, Brill has maintained her dedication to South Carolina through serving on county council, school board, and countless other civic organizations aimed at improving the life of local citizens.
Service and Results
Brill, a fiscal conservative, has strong ties to South Carolina that are evidenced by her years of service for the citizens of Richland County. For two terms — from 1997 until 2004 — she served on the Richland County Council. Working with annual budgets of over $300 million, Brill supported numerous initiatives designed to improve Richland County, including:
- proposed the Conservation Commission
- One-Call Response Center
- Passage of the hospitality tax which financially supports:
- Historic Columbia Foundation (HCF)
- Edventure Children’s Museum
- Columbia Museum of Art
- Township Auditorium
During Brill’s three terms as an elected official on the Richland District 2 School Board, numerous projects have been brought to fruition. In spite of an economic downturn in 2008, the school board has remained financially stable. Currently, it is working with a $350 million budget while providing services for 27,000 students in 41 schools and centers. A career and technology center, the Richland Two Institute of Innovation (R2i2) is a $40 million project that is set to open in August 2016. Brill is very proud to be part of this innovative project that will better prepare students for a career, joining the workforce or pursuing advanced education.
Brill is honored to run for South Carolina Senate Seat 22. In addition to the support of her friends and family, Brill has earned bipartisan endorsements from organizations such as the South Carolina Business & Industry Political Education Committee PAC. Impacting these endorsements is Brill’s belief in greater transparency in government. However, she doesn’t just talk about it. For years, while serving on the county council, Brill funded an annual newsletter at her own expense to keep local constituents informed on what their council was doing. Today, seeing the value of such a community connection, the newsletter continues and is funded by the county. Ethics reform tops her list of priorities with a motto of “Serve the people…not myself.”
Brill plans to continue to support public education with the wise use of the taxpayers money. She favors always hiring based on merit rather than politics, along with continued funding for pre-K education. Addressing the state’s crumbling infrastructure is another area that is a high priority for Brill. She cites North Carolina and Georgia as being states that invest more in their roads than South Carolina — and it’s a difference that can be seen and felt.
Brill has shown, through years of service, that she knows and will step up to do what is best for the people of South Carolina. Today she is running for Senate Seat #22 in the South Carolina legislature and needs your support. To learn more, donate or get involved in her campaign, please visit www.SusanBrill.com or follow us at www.facebook.com/SusanBrillSenateSeat22.
Sometimes it is helpful to hear from someone other than a candidate for office. The story below comes directly from one of Susan’s Richland County residents.
Susan Brill is an amazing person who has the ability to get the job done. My first contact with Mrs. Brill was back in 1997, and I have known her since that time. I moved into the Summit’s Glen Meadows subdivision one street below the City of Columbia’s water tower. The area was newly built and so we the residents were surprised about the lack of water pressure. We contacted the city’s water department and met with a stone wall, the water department blamed the builder and the builder of course blamed the city, we were at an impasse.
We contacted our county councilman, Mrs. Brill, and she agreed to meet with all the residents of the Glen Meadows area. To our surprise and delight when she came to our meeting at the Sandhills branch of the public library, she had a member of the City of Columbia’s City Council with her to help address our water pressure issues. Mrs. Brill got the job done, and the city of Columbia paid for water pumps for all affected residents. We struggled on our own to resolve the problem but Mrs. Brill’s political savvy was able bring together Richland County Council and the City of Columbia’s Council for the good of her constituents.
Franklin P. Davis