“Freight railroads crisscross South Carolina, moving efficiently day in, day out to haul raw materials originating here, like lumber and paper, as well as finished products to the rest of the country and beyond. Rail is the connector that helps to power the local and national economies—and railroads are continually investing in the network that makes this possible.”

D. Paul Sommerville is the Chairman of the Beaufort County Council. He represents District 2 (MCAS/Beaufort/Lady’s Island/Fripp Island). Sommerville’s background is in labor relations, where he is a management consultant.

Sommerville is a graduate of Duke University and a veteran of the U.S. Army. A Beaufort native, he is married with two daughters.


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