Meet the candidates | Walterboro City Council | The Press and Standard

by | October 13, 2017 7:59 am

Candidates for Walterboro City Council, in alphabetical order, are:

James Broderick 
Biographical Information
Marital status: Married to Becky Broderick (teacher at Colleton County Middle School)
Employment: Disabled U.S. Air Force veteran
Walterboro City Council member
Assistant director, Dorchester County Career and Technology Center (public vocational high school)
Education: U.S. Air Force Technical Training in planning and scheduling
Troy State University: bachelor of science in resource management and master of science in management
The Citadel: master of education in school counseling and master of education in school administration
Municipal Association of South Carolina. I have completed all training available for municipal leaders at the basic and advanced levels.
Community Organizations: LowCountry Community Action Agency Board
Colleton County Arts Council
Walterboro City Appearance Board
Bethel United Methodist Church Lay Leadership Committee
South Carolina AdvancED Board
Previous political experience: Walterboro City Council (2013-present)
Walterboro Planning Commission (2008 -2013)

Questions
Why did you to decide to run or seek re-election to the council seat?
I am seeking re-election because I love our community and have invested myself in Walterboro.
I want to finish the projects that we have started and work hard for you each and every day. I was taught that service to others is important and that is my purpose for seeking re-election.
If elected, what concerns would you seek to bring to the table for discussion and possible council action and why?
I will work to pass and enact laws that will give incentives to attract new investment and business development in Walterboro.  This will bring new jobs for our citizens and bring additional revenue into the City that can be used to increase services and recreational opportunities in our City.
What do you consider Walterboro’s biggest issue in the next term of city council and why?
Our community needs trust. If we build trust between our generations, ethnicities, races and neighborhoods, our city will prosper.
Trust will help our police department keep us safe and reduce crime. Trust will allow us to know and appreciate our neighbors. Trust will make our community stronger.

Carl Brown
Biographical Information
Marital status: Married to the former Grace Ann Mitchell of Walterboro
Employment: Currently president of Mitchell Construction Co., Inc.
Education: Graduated from Clemson University in 1983 with a bachelor of Science in agricultural economics.
Community Organizations: Walterboro City Building Board.
Finance Committee of St. Anthony’s Church.
Various other advisory boards and committees.
Previous political experience: None

Questions
Why did you to decide to run or seek re-election to the council seat?
Over the last 28 years, I’ve been fortunate in business and even more blessed by many wonderful friendships made in Walterboro. I’ve raised my family here, and it’s time to give back to the community.
I want to provide a fresh perspective on city council, not just raise my hand at meetings.
If elected, what concerns would you seek to bring to the table for discussion and possible council action and why?
I have three platform issues. We need to develop a plan to clean up our city. There are far too many dilapidated properties and examples of urban blight.
I’d also like to see an improved land use plan and a full-time building inspector to ensure comprehensive service.
What do you consider Walterboro’s biggest issue in the next term of city council and why?
In the short term, perception is reality, and we need to continue to improve the appearance of our city and make it more attractive to prospective business.
Farther out, we need to improve our tax base and provide enough opportunities to keep young families in our community, rather than seeing them move out.

Peggy Hammond
Biographical Information
Marital Status: Not married
Employment: Semi-retired
Education: High school graduate, some college.
Community Organizations: None
Previous political experience: Previously ran for city council

Questions
Why did you decided to run or seek re-election to the council seat?
I live in this city and wish to lend my abilities and perspective to represent all citizens. There are issues that need to be addressed and being on council will allow me to address them. I wish to see Walterboro prosper and improve the quality of life for its citizens.
If elected, what concerns would you seek to bring to the table for discussion and possible council action and why?
As a council member I will ensure that public safety issues are addressed and properly funded so that all citizens enjoy a level of safety.
Work to recruit industry to our city, insuring our citizens may seek employment opportunities and encourage the state to provide employment office resources here.
What do you consider Walterboro’s biggest issue in the next term of city council and why?
Public safety is important for our citizens and in recruiting businesses here. Employment opportunities are very important for our community to grow and to retain our population. Further, this will aid our younger population with jobs. Managing growth is important so that Walterboro doesn’t lose its identity or charm.

Ben Mitchell
Biographical Information
Marital Status: Married to Vennie Mitchell
Employment: Retired
Education: Denmark Technical College
Community Organizations: None
Previous political experience: None

Questions
Why did you decided to run or seek re-election to the council seat?
I decided to run to be a voice for the citizens of Walterboro.
If elected, what concerns would you seek to bring to the table for discussion and possible council action and why?
City recreation for youth and adults, more visibility of city police in specific areas, trash (not garbage) should be picked up in a reasonable time (not three weeks) and voting poll locations.
What do you consider Walterboro’s biggest issue in the next term of city council and why?
I am not aware of any big issue, but am willing to offer input when concerns are presented.

Greg T. Pryor
Biographical Information
Marital status: Married to Lesli Howell Pryor
Employment: Works at Bunge North America as a sales rep for the Southeast U.S.
Education: Graduated Walterboro High School. Attended University of South Carolina and College of Charleston
Community Organizations: Currently a member of the Municipal Planning Commission
Currently a member of the Federal Selective Service Board
Currently Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Bethel United Methodist Church
Co-founder of the Forest Hills Neighborhood Watch
Previous political experience: None

Questions
Why did you decide to run or seek re-election to the council seat?
I decided to run because I wanted to help Walterboro grow and thrive. I have been preparing for this opportunity for several years by attending council meetings, joining the planning commission, and working with the city to reduce crime in my neighborhood.
If elected, what concerns would you seek to bring to the table for discussion and possible council action and why?
I would seek to continue to take all measures to increase tourist traffic and attract new citizens. Walterboro needs to continue to grow so we will have more employment opportunities, tax revenue and businesses to patronize.
What do you consider Walterboro’s biggest issue in the next term of city council and why?
I think Walterboro needs to prepare for the growth opportunity that will be coming this way in the next several years because as we grow, it helps all citizens in every aspect of life.

Jimmy Syfrett

Biographic Information
Marital status: Married to Kaye Barwick Syfrett.
Employment: Owner of Lowcountry Collision.
Education: Graduated from Walterboro High School, the South Carolina Fire Academy, the Municipal Association of South Carolina’s Municipal Elected Officials Institute and the Advanced Municipal Elected Officials Institute.
Community Organizations: Lifelong member of First Baptist Church, where I have served on numerous committees and am currently a member of the Audio/Visual Committee and Chairman of the Deacons.
Was a member of the Walterboro Fire Department for 16 years.
Currently serves on the Colleton County Resource and Development Board, the Walterboro-Colleton Airport Commission and the Fireman’s Insurance Fund Board of Trustees.
Current member of City Council.
Previous political experience: Previously served on the City’s Budget Committee and served as chairman on the City’s Board of Zoning Appeals.

Questions
Why did you decide to run or seek re-election to the council seat?
We, as a council, have made many improvements throughout our city and several projects are underway. The I-95 Loop Project, the Discovery Center and the upgrades to the Waste Water Treatment Plant are a few projects. I want to be a voice and see these projects completed.
If elected, what concerns would you seek to bring to the table for discussion and possible council action and why?
If re-elected, finding ways to show citizens the benefits of annexing into the city limits is a topic I would bring to the table for discussion. This topic has been discussed and I’m sure, as a council, we can show these areas the benefits of annexing.
What do you consider Walterboro’s biggest issue in the next term of city council and why?
I see Walterboro’s biggest issue during the next term of council is the lack of funds needed to consider all proposals made during the past four years. Our staff has applied for and received several grants which have been very helpful and provided additional funding for current projects.

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