Candidate for SC House District 21, Bobby Cox, with his wife Joscelyn and their children Reagan and Seth.
Candidate for SC House District 21, Bobby Cox, with his wife Joscelyn and their children Reagan and Seth. - Photo by Thomas C. Hanson

Former Army Ranger Bobby Cox announced his candidacy for the SC House District 21 seat Friday at the Runway Cafe after he and two others parachuted to the Greenville Downtown Airport. Cox was interviewed on Fox and Friends Weekend on Sunday, Nov. 12th.

Bobby Cox is a Businessman, Combat Veteran, Citadel Graduate, and Conservative Republican. He was born and raised in the Upstate and now resides in Greer, SC. He graduated from Travelers Rest High School and went to The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, to test his desire for service in the military. While at The Citadel, Bobby became the Regimental Commander of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets; the cadet in charge over the college. He was a Summerall Guard and was awarded the Palmetto Award for exceptional service that reflects great credit upon The Citadel.

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 SC Gov. Henry McMaster with  Julie Hershey. You can watch videos of the GCRWC meeting online at GCRWC.com.
SC Gov. Henry McMaster with Julie Hershey. You can watch videos of the GCRWC meeting online at GCRWC.com.
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Left to right: Jenny Earle, Sen. Tom Davis and Club President Mary Beth Green.  Sen. Tom Davis addressed the Greenville County Republican Women’s Club on the topic of “Why Nothing Gets Done in Columbia.” You can view his presentation on the GCRWC website at www.GCRWC.com.
Left to right: Jenny Earle, Sen. Tom Davis and Club President Mary Beth Green. Sen. Tom Davis addressed the Greenville County Republican Women’s Club on the topic of “Why Nothing Gets Done in Columbia.” You can view his presentation on the GCRWC website at www.GCRWC.com.
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Left to right: Debbie Spaugh, Legislative Liaison; Sen. Tom Davis and 1st Vice GCRWC  President Racine Cooper.
Left to right: Debbie Spaugh, Legislative Liaison; Sen. Tom Davis and 1st Vice GCRWC President Racine Cooper.
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SC Gov. Henry McMaster spoke at the Biennial Convention of the South Carolina Federation of Republican Women on Hilton Head Island.
SC Gov. Henry McMaster spoke at the Biennial Convention of the South Carolina Federation of Republican Women on Hilton Head Island.
SC Lt. Gov. Kevin Bryant also spoke at the Biennial Convention  of the South Carolina Federation  of Republican Women on  Hilton Head Island.
SC Lt. Gov. Kevin Bryant also spoke at the Biennial Convention of the South Carolina Federation of Republican Women on Hilton Head Island.
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The legal battle in Greenville County Council is coming to a conclusion – at least in court.

The legal complaint filed by members of Greenville County Council against Chairman Butch Kirven will be heard in the Greenville County Courthouse Wednesday Morning, August 9 at 9:30 am.

The dispute began when Chairman Kirven ruled that fees on county taxpayers could be increased with only 7 votes of the 12-member Council. Council rules state that increases in taxes and fees require more than a simple majority.

Councilmen Willis Meadows, Joe Dill and Mike Barnes along with state lawmakers and other citizens asked the State Attorney General for an opinion on the Kirven decision. When the Attorney General opinion disagreed with Kirven, he decided to ignore it. That action by the chairman forced his opposition on Council to go to court to force compliance.

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As Chairman of Greenville County Council, Herman “Butch” Kirven is determined to increase the county road maintenance fee from $15 to $25 using whatever means is available to him. A court challenge has blocked implementation of the proposed Ordinance, alleging that the vote was short of the legal requirement.  

Vice Chairman Willis Meadows is one of the Council members opposed to the $10 fee increase. In accordance with county policy, the Vice Chairman, elected by the council members is also chairman of the Finance Committee.

Chairman Kirven informed the council members Friday by Memorandum that he had planned a policy change in the Committee of the Whole meeting for yesterday, Tuesday, July 18 at County Square.

Kirven informed the members as follows: “This memo gives notice that on Tuesday, July 18, 2017, at the Committee of the Whole meeting and during the Committee Reports portion of the Regular Council Meeting, we will be making a motion to suspend notice and the amendment introduction provision in Council Rule VI (A). This will allow for the immediate adoption of a Rules amendment. The proposed amendment to Council Rule V (C) will allow for the Chairman of Council to appoint the Chair of the Finance Committee.”

If the proposal passed it was expected that Chairman Kirven would appoint Dr. Bob Taylor, someone he can control as Finance Chairman to support the fee increase.

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