Meet the Candidates: Colleton County Council | Joseph Flowers

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Age: 84

Personal: Married, has been a physician for 55 years and is employed at Walterboro Family Practice.

Graduated from MUSC Medical School and The Citadel and served in the army during the Vietnam War.

He has served as a member of the Colleton County Council, American Medical Association, S.C. Physicians Association, Colleton Medical Center board, MUSC Alumni Association, Lowcountry Council of Governments, and the S.C. Regional Development Alliance.

Why are you running for office in Colleton?

I want to continue to try to advance Colleton’s economic development. As a member of the County Council, we have begun projects and I want to see them finished. We have developed a good relationship with the department of commerce and received millions of dollars in grants. Infrastructure and businesses are coming or being upgraded in the county. We have instituted the Veterans Victory House, been instrumental in the recreational complex expansion, the capital project sales tax, initiated the new sheriff’s complex and Mega Site on Highway 64, along with a partnership with H&D railroad to bring heavy industry in county. We have won awards because of fiscal responsibility. We have expanded our excellent hospital, EMS and fire rescue, and added fire stations to protect people. We fixed and upgraded the courthouse under budget and initiated the museum, farmers market and community kitchen which have received awards.

What do you consider the main issue facing the community?

Better jobs and jobs with better benefits. We need a good industrial-based economy. The majority of our county commutes to work; we want them to be able to stay here. Our brain drain is the number of bright young people who are leaving the area for better jobs.

How will you address that issue?

I will continue working to finish projects related to the 2030 comprehensive plan and bring in new industry and jobs with better benefits.

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