Val Hutchinson

Republican candidate for Richland County Council District 9.

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Occupation: full-time County Council member

Education: B.S. in Psychology 1968, Lebanon Valley College, Annville, PA.; M.A.T. (Master of Arts in Teaching), 1993, USC, Columbia, SC; Master Gardener 1994; and Master Naturalist 2012

Experience in Political or Related Positions: Served eight years on Richland County Council  (2004-present); served eight years on the Central Midlands Council of Governments board (2004-present); Transportation Subcommittee of Midlands COG (currently serving on board); Development and Services Committee on Council (seven years to present); Council liaison to Soil and Water Conservation District; and Council liaison to Richland School District 2.

Why should voters choose you in this election?

For more than eight years, I have demonstrated that I do my homework, am an independent thinker and not afraid to take a stand. I have fought for stronger regulations protecting our environment as we grow, stronger recycling efforts, cooperation with the city on unified fire service and animal control, support of the sheriff's department and public safety personnel, support of our schools and for greater fiscal responsibility. In my next term, I hope to maintain the fiscal soundness of the county, strengthen our neighborhoods, do more to protect and encourage private businesses, and improve the appearance of the County at interchanges and in right of ways.