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David Martin and Matt Vilardebo Enter Race for State House District 26 Seat, Following Incumbent’s Decision Not to Seek Re-Election

Candidates Announce Interest in State House District 26 Seat

YORK COUNTY, S.C. – The political landscape of State House District 26 shifts with the announcement of two new candidates vying for the seat in the upcoming election. Following the recent decision of incumbent Republican State Rep. Raye Felder not to run for re-election, David Martin and Matt Vilardebo have formally announced their candidacy. The official filing window is set to open on March 15 and will run through March 30, 2024, while the primary vote is scheduled for June.

David Martin Joins the Race for District 26

First in alphabetical order is David Martin. Martin, an experienced public servant, has a storied history of leadership roles within the community. His commitment to public service and eagerness to bring about positive change are reflected in his campaign aims, which prioritize education, economic growth, and public safety. By announcing his candidacy, Martin hopes to bring a new perspective to the diminishing diversity in local politics.

Matt Vilardebo Shows Willingness to Serve District 26

Matt Vilardebo is the second candidate to join the race. As a long-time resident of the area, Vilardebo is deeply familiar with the issues affecting his community. He emphasized his commitment to priorities such as enhancing infrastructure, promoting fiscal responsibility, and supporting small businesses. With his announcement, Vilardebo seeks to harness his deep understanding of the district in advocating for the needs and concerns of his fellow constituents.

The Political Climate in State House District 26

The entry of both candidates election race is expected to heighten political interest in York County and rest of District 26. As the campaign heats up, voters are preparing to evaluate each candidate and their positions on key issues. Both Martin and Vilardebo will have to demonstrate their ability to address community concerns and articulate sound policy positions in order to win voter confidence. With the primary just months away, the voters of York County are poised to make their voices heard in what promises to be a closely watched contest for the State House District 26 seat.

Looking Ahead to the 2024 Elections

Though the race has just begun, both Martin and Vilardebo are already setting the stage for robust campaigns. The focus remains not only on winning the seat but also on the issues facing District 26 residents today. As the race approaches, candidates will have to prove their mettle and convince constituents that they are the best choice to represent the district at the state level. The next several months are set to be filled with public appearances, debates, and community discussions as both candidates present their vision for District 26’s future.


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