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In my 17 years with the Lancaster City Council, we have faced the most difficult challenge this community has confronted in recent memory. When asked what my biggest priority would be should I keep my council seat in the upcoming election, I would say it’s jobs.
With plant closings in our area, you see the long lines at the S.C. Employment Security Commission, which is right next door to where I work. It’s always on my mind as I know people are hurting financially right now.
I serve on the boards of two great nonprofit organizations here, Christian Services and the Learning Institute for Tomorrow, both of which strive to help people get on their feet. My fellow board members and I, along with the dedicated staff, are working hard to find the resources to prepare people to become independent and contributors to our tax base.
These are tough economic times everywhere, and the city is no different than a business or your own household. We have operating costs to provide and maintain the level of services that our citizens expect and need. I am proud of the fact that our municipality’s budget is withstanding the pressure of rising costs without having dramatically raise fees or taxes. Not many townships or even our state government can say the same right now.
I’m running again to represent City Council District 3, and I promise that I will continue to do everything possible to work jointly with the Lancaster County Council, the Lancaster County Economic Development Corp., the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce and other community leaders to attract new business and retain the ones we still have.
For those of you who are new to Lancaster, I was born here. My wife, Gwen, and I raised our three children here and we now have four grandchildren.
Gwen and I continue to live in District 3, where we’ve been for the last 30 years. We love this neighborhood, and what affects my neighbors also affects us. So, I take my council position seriously.
My opponent tries to say that she is more visible than I am, but there shouldn’t be anyone in District 3 who doesn’t know where I live and how to find me. I’m probably considered on the brink of being obsessive compulsive about following up on every call I receive from a citizen, who asks for help or information from the city. With 17 years of service on the council, I know how to find the right person to get the job done.
I want to thank my supporters over the past 17 years, and I pledge to keep working diligently for District 3 and all of Lancaster’s citizens.
Please exercise your right to vote on Nov. 4, and help me stay in a position where I can help create jobs and improve the quality of life for everyone.