2009-05-15 / News

Political ambitions drive Richland County's party leaders

Eric Davis, Richland County Republican Party chairman

After Eric Davis attended his first Republican Party precinct meeting in 1997, he discovered his desire to influence public policy and the people those rules affect. "I was just tired of taking it on the chin from the government," Davis said with a grin. Davis assumed his post as the Richland County Republican Party chairman in early 2009 after serving as first vice chair of the party.

Born in 1963, the Cincinnati, Ohio native influences people in many other ways. A bachelor of science degree in management information systems from Ohio State University prepared Davis to begin FutureTech, a technology information service, in 1988. Davis uses his professional experience to teach technology classes at Cardinal Newman School and St. Peters Catholic School. He is an active member of St. Peters Catholic Church.

Davis is also influential as the chairman of the Technology Committee for the Columbia Rotary Club, a member of the Capital City Club, and as a member of the S.C. Military History Club. But he hopes to run for public office at the county or state level eventually.

For now, Davis plans to influence public policy indirectly. He wants to raise the party's profile in Richland County by holding neighborhood events where people can meet Republican Party officials. And he hopes to improve communication with voters through small changes like a clear Web site and by using email effectively to contact voters.

But Davis acknowledges that the party at the national level has often forgotten what it stands for at times, an obstacle that won't be overcome by a few small changes made at the local level.

So Davis aims to bring attention to the idea that through individuals' investments they can improve the community without large amounts of government funding. "At least in Richland County, we have a party that not only talks the talk but walks the walk," he said, confident the party at the county level could win back some skeptics. "I think folks would vote our way if they felt they could trust the county Republican Party to act upon the principles it espouses."

According to Davis, the government's purpose is to provide opportunities for people to improve their lives on their own. The values he said the party stands for can be found in

the Declaration of Independence.

These basic values include the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

It's these values Davis hopes the party can impress upon future generations. Davis plans for the party to influence youth starting with the Young Republicans. For more information about the party, visit www.richlandgop. com.

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