Moyd to run for county auditor
Subheadline: Hopes to move on after serving on school board
Tedd Moyd, who has served in one political office for six years, seeks a different political office this year.
Moyd, who has served on the Jasper County School District Board of Trustees for the past six years, including a stint as chairman, said he’s ready for a change. He plans to run for county auditor, an office held by Hazel Holmes since 1987.
“I really do believe in term limits,” said Moyd, whose school board term serving District 8 ends in November. “I believe the longer someone sits on a board or a committee, you get to become a fixture. Once there, the issues can seem to not matter as much and it gets to where you can somewhat tell how someone feels about an issue before any action could be taken on it.”
Moyd’s interested in serving as auditor, but he said there were many accomplishments completed by the school district while he’s served on the board. A few included the reduction of K-3 classes to a 20-to-1 ratio, the upgrade in technology, and new staff changes, including the hiring of Superintendent Donald Andrews.
“We have made some great gains in the district,” Moyd said. “I was able to be elected chairman and was a team player. The district is on its way to a turnaround, and I am proud of what I have done and appreciate the support.”
Moyd has had budgeting experience as a member of the school board along with more than 15 years of experience in real estate. He has also worked in the Beaufort County Assessor’s Office and the Chatham County Office of Assessment.
“I was able to get some really good experience working with the auditor’s office,” he said. “I learned a lot from working with the assessment office and also the auditor’s office.”
Moyd, who has been the executive director of Jasper County Neighbors United for the past seven years, has also served as a Hardeeville City Council member and is current chairman of the Beaufort-Jasper Academy of Career Excellence (BJACE) Board. Moyd was part of building the first affordable housing community in Jasper County. He is also a community advocate for low-income residents in Jasper County.
Some of the responsibilities of the auditor include computing and assessing property values within the county and preparing the county tax roll and computing and adding penalty charges to all delinquent property. Moyd said if he is elected, he would like to possibly have an additional employee or two to help appraise the property throughout the county that might not have been on the records in the past.
“Throughout high school and college, I have always been a numbers person,” he said. “In real estate, you have to use mathematical skills with fair market values and rules, so I would like an opportunity to serve as the county’s auditor.”
Moyd said his experience within other offices in the county would be a plus for him and the county as he runs for auditor.
“I am familiar with all government officials in the county and I have a wealth of knowledge and contacts throughout not only the county, but the state and nation,” he said. “I would be proud to serve the people of Jasper County if elected.”
The first official date to file for the election is March 16. The primary election is June 12. The general election is Nov. 6.
Chris Whitmire, the South Carolina Election Commission’s director of public information and training, said there was no state law prohibiting an elected official from seeking another elected office while holding office.
“This is actually fairly common,” Whitmire said. “I believe we could find examples of that in every general election. For example, a state House member running for governor. The S.C. Constitution does prohibit the holding of two elected offices at the same time, so if the candidate wins, he would have to resign one seat to take the other.”