Vida Miller represented District 108 from 1997-2011. In early 1998 my wife and I moved to begin retirement at our home in North Litchfield Beach. My next door neighbor had many years of involvement in our local property owner's association and he convinced me to also become actively involved. In the year 2000 I was elected for the first of several terms as president of the LBPOA. I also served a couple of years as vice president and past-president.
The activities of the LBPOA require considerable interaction with government officials. At the county level, I became well-acquainted with Sel Hemmingway and Jerry Oakley, along with the heads of several key departments. We also had some issues that involved state government participation. I tried several times to make contact with Vida Miller to help us, but she never responded.
During this entire decade I never had the opportunity to meet with her face-to-face, we never talked on the telephone, we never communicated via mail. We had several contentious issues with the S.C. Department of Transportation where we could have used help from our local representative in the S.C. House, but it never happened. Fortunately for us, Sen. Ray Cleary was not also a no-show for the LBPOA. Ray helped us on several occasions, and he usually attended our annual meetings in May, when he would provide us with the current status of important issues being debated in Columbia.
I do know that Vida was very busy helping a Democratic governor trying to build his socialist/liberal agenda during her early terms in office. But then Sanford got elected and she refocused her energy to trying her best to sabotage most of his proposed conservative-based programs. Vida loves labor unions. I was delighted to see her finally defeated four years ago.
Stephen Goldfinch has done a wonderful job in his first term. He provides regular reports on the important day-to-day issues in the SC House. I don't recall ever getting any such reports from Vida. I think most people expect the GOP to retain control of most important government positions in the upcoming election. In that event, all of us would surely benefit from having a GOP member representing us here in District 108. Just ask Nikki Haley whom she would prefer to work with for the next couple of years.
The writer lives in North Litchfield Beach.