UNION COUNTY — Union County Auditor Brad Valentine says he will seek a fourth term.
In a statement announcing his reelection plans, Valentine, who has served as Auditor since July 1, 2003, said that “without referring to a calendar, it’s almost impossible to believe that I have already served almost three full terms.” Valentine credits the support of his family, friends, co-workers and the citizens of this great county for fueling his desire to remain in public office.
“My time as Auditor, although laced with challenges and many hard decisions, has been a true blessing to myself and my family.”
Brad is a lifelong resident of Union, where he resides with his wife, Brooke, and two children, Abbie and Carson. The family is very involved in their church, Grace United Methodist, where Brad serves as a Youth Sunday school teacher and is a member of Church Council. He and his wife are the chairpersons of the Secret Santa program there, which has provided Christmas gifts to over 11,000 children in Union County since its inception.
Brad also serves on the School Improvement Council at Monarch Elementary, where Carson attends school. He proudly admits that, when he is not at the courthouse, he is normally on the softball field with his daughter or often times fishing and hunting with his son.
Since graduating from USC-Spartanburg in 1997 with a BS Degree in Business Administration – Accounting, Valentine has spent his entire professional career serving the public.
“Public service is the only thing I have ever done. I had two retail positions and a banking job during college and since then I have had three jobs including my current position as Auditor and they have all been dealing with the public in some fashion,” Valentine said. “As I humbly entered this position with pure excitement, I never imagined the joy and blessings that I would receive during the time that I have been here, along with the life lessons that I continually learn each day.
“During this time of service, I have witnessed myself transform from the new kid on the block of Auditors to being recently elected Vice-President of the South Carolina Association of Auditors, Treasurers and Tax Collectors, which is voted on by officials serving in those capacities throughout the state,” he said. “The relationships that have been formed with those peers, many of whom showed me the way when I was first elected, have been amazing and continue to help me ensure, we are doing things the right way.”
Valentine thanked the people of Union County for allowing him to serve as Auditor and said that, if reelected, he will continue to serve the community to the best of his ability.
“My appreciation for the opportunity that you have awarded me grows as each day often presents new situations and decisions; and it is my goal to go home every day knowing that I have treated each one of those decisions and situations fairly,” Valentine said. “As we look to the next four years, my staff and I will continue to strive to make the most of every opportunity we have to serve and hope that you will give us that chance. I want to Thank You for the time that I have already served and humbly and excitedly announce my hope for another term as your Union County Auditor.”