Zoning request – Connie Wright Road

Richland County Council will vote later this month (October 27) on a request on Connie Wright Road.

Our voice and vote on zoning matters is our local Richland County Councilman, Bill Malinowski.

I did speak with county officials today and I was told that staff and the Planning Commission both voted for a DISAPPROVAL of the request. It’s my belief County Council will also vote that way later this month.

Update on Wessinger Road

Rep Huggins and I share the area around Wessinger and wanted all to know the latest from SCDOT. Like y’all, we are disappointed in the amount of time this project is taking as well as the horrible conditions for all of us during the process.

Below is the very latest from SCDOT on 10/13:

The contractor’s plan to bring in milling equipment and crew is in action this week. They are milling 6 inches into the thick asphalt and this will facilitate being able to effectively reclaim the full depth of the 12″ cement reclamation. The contractor indicates that they expect the cement reclamation to be completed by October 30th and that the final surface on the entire road is expected to be completed by December 1st. Let me know if you would like to have additional information.

Lexington County voters – satellite voting offices this month

Earlier this month, I shared where Richland County voters in our area can vote nearby.

Now, we have information for local Lexington County voters in the Irmo/Chapin area.

Irmo Town Hall
October 22 and 23rd
8am – 5pm

Chapin Town Hall
October 26th
8am – 5pm

These facilities allow in-person absentee voting for those living in Lexington County.

If you previously requested an absentee ballot from Lexington County and have yet to receive your ballot, please let me know by emailing me at NathanBallentine@schouse.gov

$33M for Protective Equipment for SC School Districts

Visited RiverSprings Elementary this morning for this important message for all our schools in the state.

From SC Department of Education Website

State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman announced today at River Springs Elementary School that the South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE) will purchase and distribute over $33 million worth of personal protective equipment (PPE) and supplies to all eighty one public school districts to support efforts to maintain and return to face to face instruction.

“With the 2020-21 school year well underway, it is critical that teachers and schools have the supplies needed to ensure face to face instruction can continue to be carried out as safely as possible,” said State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman. “This statewide order will not only ensure that face to face operations can be maintained for the foreseeable future but will also provide the necessary resources to phase in additional face to face learning as health and safety conditions allow.”

The South Carolina General Assembly recently provided the SCDE additional flexibility to use previously allocated Coronavirus Relief Funds to cover the costs of school safety measures taken in response to COVID-19 including, but not limited to, purchasing masks, gloves, wipes, hand sanitizer, face shields, cleaning solution, plexiglass, and other cleaning equipment and supplies. The SCDE collected requests from all eighty one public school districts and is pleased to be able to fund every request made.

The SCDE has purchased and will distribute the following PPE and supplies to school districts:

597,585 – Adult and student reusable cloth face masks

2,681,950 – Adult and student disposable face masks

189,966 – KN95 masks

87,010 – Adult and student face shields

108,476 – Boxes of Gloves (100 count each)

331,913 – Gowns for nurses

606,473 – Cases of disinfecting wipes (50 count each)

41,474 – Gallons of hand sanitizer

99,259 – Bottles (16 oz) of hand sanitizer

69,243 – Bottles (32 oz) of disinfecting solution

1,746 – Electrostatic backpack sprayers

The SCDE has also facilitated and funded district orders for plexiglass, which when used according to DHEC guidelines, allows classrooms to accommodate additional students while maintaining safety standards. Over 300,000 pieces of plexiglas have been ordered with many already delivered and being used in classrooms across the state. Other PPE and supplies began to arrive at school district designated delivery locations last week.

Small Business Association / NFIB endorsement

Received this letter today and will continue to help promote a vibrant business community in our state. I welcome the other endorsements that have previously lent their support.

Did you request an absentee ballot (Richland County)?

Just got this email this morning. Be on lookout in your mailbox next week!

Also, don’t forget you can always go vote in-person absentee (Richland County) at Ballentine Park

SC Chamber of Commerce Endorsement

Found this on Twitter today. It’s good to receive endorsements from various groups across the state; but the one that matters most is yours right here in Irmo and Chapin!

NRA endorsement

As someone who recently took up hunting (5 years ago), I’m happy to share another endorsement of my campaign . Like I’ve mentioned before, receiving endorsements are good and they give voters a sense about each candidate; but at the end of the day it’s the endorsement of the community that matters most!

Signs going up – asking for your vote again!

I’m on the ballot next month with two opponents and hope I can count on your support again!

Earlier this year I shared that I would not be knocking on doors like I always have done. I miss it greatly; but in these times, I think it’s best. You won’t get mail pieces from me either. There are so many local, state, national races going on – you’re going to be flooded (even more than now) with that sort of stuff!

You will see me on the side of the road later this month though. If you want to talk, do like others in the past and just pull on over (safely) and let’s catch up. If you have any questions, you can always give me a call.

I hope my conservative, common-sense approach to state government is one that you agree with and can support again. I can’t please everyone (in a house of two teenagers, you know how that goes for Karen and me) but I do try to find positive solutions that most understand.

Serving you and your family in Columbia is an honor of a lifetime and I look forward to returning in January to continue to improve our quality of life – not just for today but for the future of our state and our kids!

Here when you need me,


Vote at Ballentine Park tomorrow thru Election Day

From WISTV website

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) – Six locations will be open in Richland County for in-person absentee voting, according to county election officials.

The first thing everyone needs to do is check that they are registered to vote and their information is correct.

People can still register to vote by mail if their application is postmarked by Monday, Oct. 5.

Once a person is registered to vote, they can decide how they would like to cast their ballot: in person on election day, in-person absentee or absentee by mail.

In-person absentee voting begins Oct. 5 and goes through November 2, the day before election day.

Those wishing to vote absentee in person can fill out their absentee ballot application and then vote on the spot.

In Richland County, there will be six locations open for absentee in-person voting:

Richland County Administration Building – 2020 Hampton St., Columbia, SC 29204 – October 5, 2020 – November 2, 2020 Monday through Friday, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm and Saturdays Oct. 24 and Oct. 31 from 9 am – 1 pm

Garners Ferry Adult Activity Center – 8620 Garners Ferry Road, Hopkins, SC 29061 – October 7, 2020 – November 2, 2020 Monday through Friday, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Adult Activity Center (Parklane) – 7494 Parklane Road, Columbia, SC 29223 – October 7, 2020 – November 2, 2020 Monday through Friday, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Ballentine Community Center – 1009 Bickley Road, Irmo, SC 29063 – October 7, 2020 – November 2, 2020 Monday through Friday, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

North Springs Park Community Center – 1320 Clemson Road, Columbia, SC 29229 – October 7, 2020 – November 2, 2020 Monday through Friday, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Masonic Temple – 2324 Gervais St., Columbia, SC 29204 – October 7, 2020 – November 2, 2020 Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Election officials say this information could change and more Saturday voting dates and locations could be added.

Those wishing to vote absentee by mail must apply for a ballot no later than Oct. 24 at 5 p.m. Applications are accepted online and in person.

Ballots must be returned by 7 p.m. on election day — Tuesday, Nov. 3. To ensure that happens, election officials say people should apply for their absentee ballot at least one week before election day.