Beth Bernstein to oppose Joan Brady in District 78

A Democrat has announced that she will seek the SC House District 78 seat held by Joan Brady:

(Columbia, SC) — (3/13/2012) – Local attorney and mother of two, Beth Bernstein, has decided to run for State House District 78.

“I am running because I care deeply about our district and I can’t stand by while our state moves dramatically in the wrong direction,” Bernstein said.  “The people of District 78 deserve leadership and a government responsive to their needs.”

Bernstein grew up in Columbia, the daughter of Carol and Isadore Bernstein, who were both politically and civically active in the Columbia community before their passing.  After attending the public schools in Richland School District 2, she earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia and earned a law degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law. She practices law in Columbia in her family firm of Bernstein and Bernstein, LLC. She has two children, Caroline, 7 years old, and Isabel, 3 years old, and is married to Rip Sanders, also a lawyer in the firm.  They live in the same neighborhood in which she was raised.

“In difficult times, good people have a responsibility to step forward,” Bernstein said.  “I’ve never thought about running for office until I noticed how badly our state government is failing us.  It’s important to make sure we are funding our public schools, taking care of our retirees, and encouraging job growth.”

“We need to change the policies in Columbia so that District 78 and the state of South Carolina can again move in a positive direction.  And to change the policies, we need to change the people in the House who make the policies.”

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Ms. Bernstein tells me she doesn’t know of any other Democrat currently seeking the nomination in that district.

Between the scramble for Jim Harrison’s seat and Chris Sullivan’s run for District 77, we’re seeing quite a bit of new blood take a shot at representing Richland County in the General Assembly. It could get interesting.

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