Former principal to run for state representative seat

  • Thursday, February 27, 2014


An Aiken County resident has recently announced her decision to run as a Democratic candidate for the S.C. House District 84 seat in the June 10 primary.

North Augusta resident Rosie Berry announced her candidacy on Friday for the seat currently held by S.C. Rep. Roland Smith, R–Aiken, who is set to retire at the end of his current term.

A graduate of the University of South Carolina, Berry earned her bachelor’s in 1976 and her master’s in 1978.

For 34 years, Berry moved through the ranks in the Aiken County School District.

She worked as a teacher, an assistant principal, a principal and an assistant superintendent before retiring from the school system.

In addition to her work in the education field, Berry has been involved with several organizations in the local area.

She has served on boards with United Way of Aiken County, YMCA of North Augusta, USC Aiken Partnership and Public Education Partners.

Currently, Berry serves on the USCA inclusion board and the Child Advocacy Center board.

She is executive director of the Summerhill Community Resource Center in North Augusta, where she helps provide free tutoring for students.

Berry said she is humbled and excited about the opportunity to run for the state seat and has already developed a set of goals.

“Efficient constituent service, increasing the quality of education, economic development and addressing the need for improvement of infrastructure within the community of District 84 will be my foremost priorities,” she said.

Derrek Asberry is a beat reporter with the Aiken Standard. He joined the paper in June. He is originally from Vidalia, Ga., and a graduate of Georgia Southern University.

Follow him on Twitter @DerrekAsberry.

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