by R. Marc Howie, Vice President of Community Development
Working together is part of the cooperative culture and one of the ways York Electric is able to fulfill our goal of making a positive impact in our communities. We can all agree that our local and state government has a considerable influence on where we live and our quality of life, which is why it is so important for your electric cooperative to form meaningful relationships, building trust and support to those who matter most—our members.
York Electric is proud to work with such a strong local delegation at the SC State House who, like your co-op, puts the best interest of our members and their constituents first. In my role at York Electric for over 25 years, I’ve had the honor and privilege of building these relationships with political leaders in Columbia; but this year will be a little different. Gary Simrill, majority leader of the South Carolina House of Representatives from 2016 until May of 2022, served our area for 30 years. Gary’s commitment to his elected duty and well-rounded views on what is best for all South Carolina residents will be greatly missed.
I’m proud to know Gary professionally and would be remiss if I did not show my sincere appreciation to him for his steadfast support of York Electric Cooperative. His good character made my job easy. He was always responsive and quick to return a call or text, he had a strong voice that was respected by all parties, as well as constituents from urban and rural areas, had the best interest of our state at heart and studied issues before speaking or making rash decisions. Like me, folks respect Gary, his willingness to get the job done and the humility he showed by never caring who got the credit. He was never afraid to cross the aisle if it meant finding a compromise to help our members, our area or our state.
Personally, I’m honored to call Gary my friend, fellow Winthrop alum and York County native. Although we will miss him in Columbia, it is nice knowing he is still working and supporting our community in his new role at Winthrop University, continuing his efforts to make our area the best place to live. Thank you, Gary.