District 6 - Larry Blanding - Chairman

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Contact Information:
Post Office Box 1446
Sumter, SC 29151
Home Phone: 803-436-9998
Work Phone: 803-436-2107

Larry Blanding was born on August 29, in Sumter, S. C.  He is the son of the late Rosa Lee (Williams) Blanding and Junius Blanding, Sr.  He is a life-long resident of Sumter County, and Council District 6 which he represents.  Mr. Blanding was elected to Sumter County Council during the November 2006 and was re-elected in 2010. Councilman Blanding is serving as Chairman of Sumter County Council.

Mr. Blanding is a member of the Community and Economic Development Steering Committee of the National Association Of Counties.  He also serves as Vice President of the South Carolina County Council Coalition.  Mr. Blanding is former Co-Chairman of the Sumter Schools Consolidation Committee. 

He attended Savage-Glover Elementary and Bates Middle School. He graduated from Sumter High School in 1971, where he served as Senior Class Co-President. This was the first class that graduated under the unitary school system.

Claflin University (Orangeburg, SC) is where he earned the B.A. Degree with a Major in Social Science, Minor in Education. He graduated with Honors and was a Charter Member of the Pi Gamma Mu National Honor Society. He also served as President of the Student Government Association. He later attended South Carolina State University where he earned the Masters of Education Degree, Majoring in Education, with a Minor in Guidance and Counseling.

Mr. Blanding has been active in political affairs of Sumter and South Carolina since his election as a Delegate to the National Democratic Convention in 1972 (Miami Beach, Florida). He has served as 3rd Vice Chairman of the S. C. Democratic Party, the 1st African American to hold that position.  He also served in the S.C. House of Representatives from 1976-1990.  He was the 1st African American to sit on the Joint Bond Review Committee and to Chair a sub-committee of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee. He served as Chairman of the S. C. Legislative Black Caucus and was a member of the Citadel Board of Visitors. He was also a member of the S.C. Human Affairs Commission.

Mr. Blanding became active in Community Affairs in 1970 as a Counselor for the Savage-Glover Boys Club. He is a Past President of The Goodfellows Club. He is a 33rd Degree Mason, Shriner, and Past Master of the St. Paul Lodge #8, Prince Hall Affiliated. A life member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. in which he has held numerous local, state, regional, and national offices. Presently, he serves Sigma as the President of the Regional Distinguished Service Chapter, and President of the Life Members of the General Fraternity and the local graduate Chapter President.  He is also a member of the Sumter Branch of the NAACP.

Additionally, he is the past President of the Sumter Area Alumni Association of Claflin University, and he is a Life Member of the University's International Alumni Association as well as a 2003 inductee into Claflin's Alumni Hall of Fame.  Mr. Blanding is a member of the Jehovah Academic and Christian School Board of Directors.  He is Chairman of the Board of Santee-Wateree Regional Transportation Authority.  Councilman Blanding is the Assistant Executive Director of Santee–Wateree Area Mental Health Center, which serves the mentally ill in Sumter, Clarendon, Lee, and Kershaw Counties. He is a member of the Jehovah Missionary Baptist Church. Mr. Blanding is married to the former Peggy A. Mack of Orangeburg, S. C. They have one adult daughter, Dreylan Dre’ Neka Blanding.

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