Questionnaire -- Tabor Vaux

info@islandpacket.comJanuary 24, 2013 

Name: Tabor Vaux

Date of birth: June 13, 1983

Political party: Republican

Elected position you are seeking: Beaufort County Council District 9

Number of years living in the district you seek to represent: 29

Family: Married to Erin Vaux; no children yet

Education: The Citadel; the Charleston School of Law

Current occupation/employer: Lawyer with Vaux & Marscher, PA

Employment, military and volunteer history: Pepper's Porch, 1998 to 2002; Vaux & Marscher, PA, part-time 2005-2007, full-time 2012 to present; 14th Circuit Solicitor's Office, 2008-2012; solicitor's representative on the Safe Schools Interagency Planning Team, 2008-2010; South Carolina state constable, 2011 to present; Alljoy Beach Preservation Commission; Bluffton Rotary Club

Please list all public offices to which you've been elected, when and where: None

Please list any unsuccessful runs for public office and when: None

Other prior political and government experience: Intern for 9th Circuit Solicitor's Office while in college; intern for 14th Circuit Solicitor's Office while in law school

Key endorsements you've received: Weston Newton, S.C. House of Representatives District 120; Bill Herbkersman, S.C. House of Representatives District 118; Andy Patrick, S.C. House of Representatives District 123; Tom Davis, S.C. Senate District 46

Contributions: $11,190

Expenditures: $5,515

Biggest Contributors: Bill Herbkersman, Bluffton, $1,000; John Mallett, Bluffton, 1,000; Jim Lewis, Bluffton, $1,000

Why should people vote for you?

I was born and raised here. I know the community, I know the culture, I have a good understanding of where we came from and I'm excited about where we're going. What separates me most is that I've done my homework. I met with the past three holders of this position and our state representatives. I have both their support and their guidance. This includes a firm grasp on what each accomplished in office and where each feel they fell short -- all of which makes me better prepared going into office.

What are the three most important issues you would address if elected? How?

  • Property reassessment and property taxes are hot topics right now. We must re-evaluate the county's spending on nonessential services. We don't need more money for our government; we need more government for our money.

  • We have made progress in protecting our natural waterways, but there are still shellfish closures. This is unacceptable, and I will fight for the protection and repair of our natural resources. With half of this county under water at high tide, water quality makes a great report card to use in evaluating our development rules.

  • Intergovernmental relations are always important. Government is more efficient and the community benefits more when the different levels are all communicating and working together. Often the goals are similar, but there is a lack of communication and collaboration. I'll work hard to ensure that the town, county and state are on the same page and working together.

  • What other issues do you see as important?

  • The issues within the county's recreation program, PALS, need to be addressed. There are legitimate questions as to the fairness of how we utilize the PALS resources.

  • There has been talk of whether the School Board will have fiscal independence from County Council oversight. I have spoken with a number of people from the community on this, as well as my predecessor. The consensus is that we will abide by the previous referendum and keep the council oversight. However, if a significant number of District 9 residents think it's time for another referendum, it will become a live issue.

  • We must connect the Bluffton Parkway to U.S. 278 for the benefits of the parkway to be properly appreciated.

  • Our three military installations directly and indirectly account for over $1 billion of our local economy. We must continue to work hard with our friends at the state and federal level to minimize the impact that the military's budget cuts will have on us locally.

  • What specific steps will you take to make government more open and accessible to the public?

    The county has made progress in opening government and county meetings to the public with the live broadcasts and ability to watch past meetings over the Internet. One thing we can do to further this is to work with the local media to inform the public as to the different issues that will be addressed at meetings. A lot of the public gets the news from our local media's websites and we can work with them to publish this information. I am committed to being personally open and accessible.

    Have you ever been convicted of a crime (felony), been disciplined by a professional licensing board or organization or had an ethics violation filed against you? No.

    Have you ever filed for bankruptcy, been delinquent on your federal, state or local taxes? No.

    Are there any personal details about yourself that voters would be interested in knowing?

  • From as long as I can remember, I've wanted to practice law in Bluffton at Vaux & Marscher. After starting my career at the Solicitor's Office and prosecuting cases in Beaufort, Jasper, Hampton, and Allendale Counties, I've made contacts and built personal relationships throughout the Lowcountry. I enjoy serving as a State Constable and working with law enforcement. I like to spend my free time on the river or in the woods.

  • My wife, Erin, was born and raised in Beaufort. She is an Assistant Solicitor and currently runs the Jasper County Solicitor's Office. I have three sisters, all of whom live in Beaufort County with their families. Erin and I attend the Church of the Cross in Bluffton.

  • At The Citadel, I was selected to serve on the Honor Committee and was awarded the Mark W. Clark Award for contributing the most to the school's honor system of any cadet for the school year.

  • I look forward to serving this community and giving back to the place I often refer to as "God's Country."
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