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Two more candidates vie for Elgin seat

Posted: May 21, 2013 4:52 p.m.
Updated: May 22, 2013 5:00 a.m.

Two additional candidates, Stacia Grooms and Christopher Renfroe, have registered to run for Elgin Town Council in a June 18 special election. Both Renfroe and Grooms are in their early 20s and are recent graduates of Lugoff-Elgin High School.

Renfroe is currently the wrestling coach at Stover Middle School. He said he is interested in developing ways to keep revenue in Elgin and in enhancing public space so that it can be used for recreational purposes.

“We need to focus more on keeping money in Elgin, a lot of restaurant money is going to Sandhills in Columbia,” Renfroe said.

Renfroe said he has noticed that recent crimes in Elgin have involved young adults.

“Over the past two months, I’ve read about over six arrests of children under 21 years of age and most are here from Elgin -- getting in trouble for theft … Potter Community Park is big enough to put basketball goals and maybe a sheltered area on … I’m not saying that it would solve the problem but it would be a step in the right direction, to give the kids something else to do,” Renfroe said.

Renfroe said he believes he has the necessary characteristics to be a community leader.

“People that I have worked with called me a team leader. I’m all about helping and listening to others -- that is one of the character traits that I am good at,” Renfroe said.

Like Renfroe, Grooms has lived in Elgin her entire life. Grooms is the granddaughter of the late Elgin Mayor Paul Grooms and Viola Grooms. She said she volunteers at her church, Hillcrest Baptist, and has gone on mission trips to New York and Pittsburgh to help establish churches.

Grooms said she is interested in creating a greater sense of community in Elgin.

“Personally, I think we could expand more as a community and bring in more activities. The community has grown a lot and it would be nice to see more interaction,” Grooms said.

Grooms also said she is confident in her leadership skills.

“This town has always been there for me and my family. I believe it is time for me to give back to the community. I feel that I show great leadership and will be able to represent Elgin in a very honest and responsible manner,” Grooms said.

The June 18 will take place at Elgin Town Hall. In addition to Grooms and Renfroe, Sydney Ernst and Candy Silvers have registered to run in the election.


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