Willie Bethune

Petition candidate for S.C. House of Representatives District 64.

Occupation: Retired

Education: Master of Social Work

Experience in Political or Related Positions: Board of Social Work, 1981-1995 (chairman 1992-1995); Clarendon County Board of Education, 1981-1985; and SC Magistrate, 1985-2007.

Why should voters choose you in this election?

Because of my knowledge of the district, I was deputy state director for the Department of Mental Health. That position afforded me the opportunity to understand how the state budget was formulated, and I interacted with members of the General Assembly and the Governor's Office, educating them on the needs of the mentally ill.

I was appointed by the Clarendon County Council to the Santee-Lynches Workforce Investment Board, which made me keenly aware of the needs of business employers and their workforce needs.