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Meet the 2015 candidates running for office Tega Cay, Fort Mill

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All of the candidates running for office in Fort Mill and Tega Cay were given the opportunity to complete a profile form and answer two questions. Their verbatim responses appear below. We did not edit the responses for grammar, punctuation or spelling. Fields in which candidates did not provide information were left blank.

Fort Mill Mayor

Name: Tom Adams

Age: 57

Years residing in town/city: 34 years in York County

Previous town/city (or hometown): Originally from Garrettsville, OH

Occupation: Consultant

Elected or appointed office(s) held: 8th year on Town Council

Q: If you’re elected, what’s the No. 1 issue you want to address and briefly describe how you would address it.

A: There are competing priorities, so it's hard to choose one. I think one very important issue will be to continue to look for ways to help move traffic more efficiently through town. The completion of the bypass will help, but we need to find small projects, which we can purse federal congestion mitigation matching funds for, to improve intersections or add turning lanes. A second fire station and expanding and or relocating the police department are also very high on our list of needs.

Q: What sets you apart from the other candidates?

A: I have been strongly in favor of impact fees from the beginning. They are the only practical way to truly make growth pay for growth, rather than forcing existing resident pay through increasing the tax burden. They are in place in several other rapidly growing municipalities in South Carolina, and have had only positive effects.

Name: Guynn Hozey Savage

Age: 59

Years residing in town/city: 56 years

Previous town/city (or hometown): I lived in Pickens, SC for 3 years working for Duke Power

Occupation: Realtor

Elected or appointed office(s) held: Town Councilwoman for 8+ years.

Q: If you’re elected, what’s the No. 1 issue you want to address and briefly describe how you would address it.

A: Relationships and communications are the number one issues for me. The unprecedented growth has affected us all - straining our relationships and at times limiting our ability to work together. Often our issues are very complex and can be at odds with others. I believe in the development of a unified vision for Fort Mill and searching for the win-win situations that make the most of our tax dollars. Growth cannot be addressed if we are not at the table. We must have strong representation in the region and at the state level to obtain our fair share. We can improve these critical relationships through better communications. I want our vision and our actions to always make sense for the community.

Q: What sets you apart from the other candidates?

A: Both Tom and I have deep experience on the Town Council and I admire and respect him as my teammate. I do believe that my strong background in communications, planning and negotiation are important qualities for this role. I value sound leadership, accountability, good communications and common sense. My dedication is to Fort Mill. I will work hard for our community.

Tega Cay City Council

Name: Abigail G. Duval

Age: 42

Years residing in town/city: I have been involved with city since 2009 and have been an official resident now for 18 months.

Previous town/city (or hometown): I am from Charleston, SC and have lived in the Rock Hill area since attending Winthrop University many moons ago. I fell in love with this part of our state and decided to make it home.

Occupation: I currently run a small business as a local Realtor. I previously held a COO position for a technology organization with Bank of America.

Elected or appointed office(s) held: I currently serve on the Tega Cay Board of Zoning Appeals. I served two years on the School Improvement Council for Gold Hill Middle and over 4 years on the Rock Hill Zoning Board of Appeals.

Q: If you’re elected, what’s the No. 1 issue you want to address and briefly describe how you would address it?

A: I am passionate about improving community engagement from a government standpoint and look to increase resident participation through additional communication from City Council. I want to start a “Quick Notes”, if you will, that touches on a few of the topics from each Council meeting. Relevant, brief, accessible.

Q: What sets you apart from the other candidates?

A: I am extremely detail oriented, asking relevant questions until I fully understand an issue at hand. I have an infectious energy level that motivates and encourages. Keeping engaged in the community, I am also an active member of the Croquet Club, Women’s Club, TCES PTO and FMHS Boosters Club.

Name: Lisa Marie Johnson

Age: 43

Years residing in town/city: 4 ½ years

Previous town/city (or hometown): Matthews, NC (previous) Cleveland, Ohio (hometown)

Occupation: Attorney (solo practitioner) and adjunct college professor

Elected or appointed office(s) held: Chair of the Board of Zoning Appeals

Q: If you’re elected, what’s the No. 1 issue you want to address and briefly describe how you would address it.

A: The number one issue I would like to address would be the water/sewer issue. Although we now manage and maintain the system, that does not fix the problem. I want to educate myself on the city’s future plans and decisions made toward maintaining a fully functioning and affordable water / sewer system and move forward to achieve a system everyone can appreciate and afford.

Q: What sets you apart from the other candidates?

A: I believe my education and experience in the legal field sets me apart from the others. I can interpret statutes and ordinances, effectively apply them to real world situations and challenge and question archaic laws and rules that may need to be addressed and changed. Since I also teach local and state politics on a college level, I have a strong understanding of the functionality of local politics and the accountability of local officials.

Name: Theresia Keys

Age:

Years residing in town/city: I have resided in Tega Cay for 14 years.

Previous town/city (or hometown): Originally raised in Virginia, my husband and I lived in Matthews, North Carolina before moving to Tega Cay.

Occupation: I am a home health care provider. It is my honor to help the elderly, home bound, or special needs individuals with their daily living activities and companionship. Troop leader for the Girl Scouts for 19 years and volunteered in our schools supporting teachers and the Math Super Stars program.

Elected or appointed office(s) held:

Q: If you’re elected, what’s the No. 1 issue you want to address and briefly describe how you would address it?

A: I am concerned with the lack of information provided to the residents of Tega Cay regarding changes to the city that Council members are making. The voters did not remove themselves from all involvement in the process because they selected City Council members.

Q: What sets you apart from the other candidates?

A: I want to bring the families of Tega Cay back into the focus. I want to represent them to the council. I want to bring the meeting topics to them. They will be informed and able to be involved. I will vote the way they want me to vote

Name: Ron Kirby

Age: 59

Years Residing in town/city: 20

Previous town/city: Charlotte, NC

Occupation: Pre-owned Sales Manager at Cadillac of South Charlotte

Elected or appointed office(s) held: Tega Cay City Council Member – Two Terms; Mayor Pro-Tem for a portion of the first term

Q: If you’re elected, what’s the No.1 issue you want to address and briefly describe how you would address it.

A: My number one focus is to IMPROVE upon our infrastructure and initiate capital improvements. The purchase of the water system was obviously a hot topic during my past term. Since acquiring the system, the staff and council have been faced with many challenges on how to fix an aging system. To make realistic decisions, the next council has to understand the mechanical challenges and the history behind the problems. As far as capital improvements, I will continue to push for revitalizing our city. Our roads, landscape and parks are in need of revitalizing and we need to develop a long term plan to make it happen.

Q: What sets you apart from the other candidates?

A: My experience and dedication is what sets me apart from other candidates.

Name: Chris Larsen

Age: 56

Years residing in town/city: 20

Previous town/city (or hometown): rockaway, N.J.

Occupation: Insurance Inspector

Elected or appointed office(s) held: City of Tega Cay Councilman

Q: If you’re elected, what’s the No. 1 issue you want to address and briefly describe how you would address it:

A: Obtaining the funds to build Catawba Park which in turn along with all of our other upfitted amenities will continue to be one of the many reasons people want to live here and raise a family.

Q: What sets you apart from the other candidates?

A: I have always had a very strong passion for the City of Tega Cay, from the first day I moved here 20 years ago I have volunteered on all levels to make this city one of the best suburb cities to live in the US. I was very instrumental obtaining the funds along with the management to construct Turner Field. I volunteered as a code enforcer, recreation program, police dept. and construction needs making this city a great place to live. I have contributed in many other ways, to many to list. Residents of Tega Cay let me keep working for you, I have a lot more to offer. Action speaks louder than words

Name: David L. O’Neal

Age: 58

Years residing in town/city: 15 yrs

Previous town/city (or hometown): Fort Worth, Texas

Occupation: Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army Retired

Elected or appointed office(s) held: Elected by Association membership - Vice-Commander, Tega Cay Veteran’s Association. Appointed by Gov Nikki Haley - Board member, South Carolina Board of Medical Examiners.

Q: If you’re elected, what’s the No. 1 issue you want to address and briefly describe how you would address it.

A: Growth in our area is out of control. Too many high density neighborhoods being built without the infrastructure to support it. We need intelligent growth, better zoning, minimum lot sizes, increased frontage space. More space between houses and developments, more sidewalks, more parks. Encourage businesses development over housing development.

Q: What sets you apart from the other candidates?

A: I understand why good, qualified people don’t run for council. They work long hours, raise kids, do homework, attend kid activities, etc. I am retired and an empty nester. I have the time to focus on city issues and the tenacity to get thing accomplished

Name: Ryan Richard

Age: 38

Years residing in town/city: 5

Previous town/city (or hometown): Lafayette, LA

Occupation: Entrepreneur

Elected or appointed office(s) held: None

Q: If you’re elected, what’s the No. 1 issue you want to address and briefly describe how you would address it.

A: I want to re-energize our citizens to be an integral part of our community and the inevitable growth in our area. Our average median income is one of the higher in the state which reflects the intellect we as a community possess. This asset must be parlayed into our city government through participation and support. We need a fresh perspective that represents the voice of our residents. I will improve the communication traveling back in the direction of our citizens, keeping them informed on the issues, eliminating surprises coming from city hall.

Q:What sets you apart from the other candidates?

A: As a US Marine, I was taught to be focused and diligent, always looking out for the persons to your left and right. Those abilities to adapt and overcome in any scenario to meet the needs of the mission are the traits and characteristics that make good leaders great. These foundations are what we teach our children and how we live our lives.

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