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Candidate seeks to revamp City Council's role

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By The Staff

My name is Derek Smith and I am running for City Council District 5. Many of you do not know me, so I wanted to take a few minutes to introduce myself. I was born and raised in Lancaster. I graduated from Lancaster High School and also graduated from the University of South Carolina at Lancaster. Living in the area for all this time has given me a unique opportunity to see and learn our community and also recognize the problems I want to address as a council member.

I feel the role of a City Council member is to be a servant to its citizens, not to try to be their master. A council’s power and money come from you, the voter and the taxpayer. It seems in recent years that the city has lost sight of this and become the bully hindering its citizens from enjoying the rewards of their hard work and saving. This is especially true of current zoning regulations. These regulations have choked city businesses – both large and small – in a time when everything possible should be done to help them. As a member of City Council, I will do what I can to serve the citizens of my district and help them.

Another issue disturbs me that I want to address as a member of council is the way city employees are treated. A council should support its employees in every way possible, because without them nothing can happen. The city has a fine force of emergency, law enforcement and public works personnel. The fastest way to destroy that is by making them fearful of a council that will second-guess their actions and decisions. There are procedures in place to handle employee issues and it is time for City Council to step back and allow those systems to work and respect the outcomes.

A council should not interfere with the systems in place unless they become corrupt.

Thank you for your time and I ask for your vote for Derek Smith for District 5 on Nov. 2. If you have any questions, feel free to email me at give_derek_5@comporium.net.

Derek Smith

Candidate for City Council District 5

Lancaster