On October 17, people and groups from around the third district of South Carolina came together to eat, socialize, and say “thank you” to state House Rep. Gary Clary for his years and his service in office. While enjoying great pizza, salad, and drinks at Your Pie in downtown Clemson, families and organizations came together to thank Rep. Clary for his accomplishments and to kick off his next campaign for office.
More than 70 people were in attendance, and many swapped stories of how Rep. Clary had helped them; they sat together to share dinner and catch up and generally enjoyed a night of fellowship with the community. Groups who came out to say “Thank You” to Rep. Clary included Lakes and Bridges Charter School, a new local school for kids with dyslexia that wouldn’t even exist had Rep. Clary not fought to change education laws in the state.
“We are so grateful to Rep. Clary and the work he did to improve education for all children—but especially for those with dyslexia,” remarked Nancy Linvill, chair of the charter school’s founding committee. “The entire state will benefit from this school and the advocacy he’s done for dyslexia.”
Tanya Hyatt and her family were also in attendance to publicly thank Rep. Clary for his help in preventing the construction of a power plant in their quiet Clemson neighborhood.
“When I needed help, people told me to contact Rep. Clary,” remarked Ms. Hyatt, one of the event’s hosts. “I called him, and he immediately showed up. He showed up when I needed him, he fought to save our neighborhood, and we won. I can’t tell you how much that means to me.”
The evening also gave Rep. Clary the opportunity to share a survey he’s conducting of constituents in the Third District. To take the survey about issues important to you, visit his web site at claryforhouse.com.
Overall, the evening was a fun and laid-back chance to say “thanks” to a politician who cares about his constituents and the community. It was easy to see on the faces of happy people sharing tables and engaging in conversation that local politics matter – and that Rep. Clary was truly representing them in Columbia.