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Elgin’s Emmons running for mayor

Posted: December 9, 2014 7:59 p.m.
Updated: December 10, 2014 1:00 a.m.
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Elgin Councilwoman Melissa Emmons will be running for mayor in the February 2015 election. Emmons recently received the 2014 Elgin Citizen of the Year Award for her service to the town.

 

Elgin Town Councilwoman Melissa Emmons is running for mayor in the upcoming February 2015 election, when her current term on council ends.

“I knew that I was going to seek reelection for my council seat because of my passion for this community. When Mayor Hanley decided he was not going to seek reelection, I decided that I would run for mayor,” Emmons said.

Raised in Elgin, Emmons has served on council for eight years, serving two four-year terms. Between those terms, she served on the Elgin Planning and Zoning Committee for two years, bringing her total service to the community to 10 years. This year, Emmons chaired the committee to establish Elgin’s Military Salute.

Emmons also served as Mayor Pro Tem for six years during her terms on Elgin town council. As mayor pro tem, Emmons assisted both Hanley and former Mayor Paul Grooms if they were unable to attend to mayoral duties.

“For example, if there is ever a time when he is sick and cannot serve in his position then you step in and keep everything flowing,” Emmons said.

She believes that her experience as mayor pro tem is a benefit she could bring to the office of mayor.

“Moving into the mayor’s seat would be different, but I’ve already done a lot of the background foot work so I have that experience behind me. I believe it would be a smooth transition (when Mayor Hanley comes out of office) if I am elected to that slot,” Emmons said.

If elected mayor, Emmons said she wants to continue the progress previous mayors have made for Elgin.

“Our biggest need right now, and it has been since we’ve experienced our growth, is seeing about the traffic flow. We’ve got to find a solution to the traffic problems on Hwy. 1. I would also like to make improvements in some areas that we have not been able to address such as infrastructure. We need sidewalks. It’s been a need for years with our growth, funding it has always been the issue. I think this problem has been bought to our attention again.” Emmons said.

Emmons said she also wants to continue to foster the relationship between residential and business developments.

“I will strive to provide a business friendly atmosphere while protecting our residential dwellings. I feel there is opportunity for us to grow through annexation, which is one of our goals specified in our comprehensive plan,” Emmons said.

In addition to her time on council and the planning and zoning committee, Emmons has served positions appointed by Kershaw County Council such as the Santee Lynches Council of Governments and Kershaw County Housing authority. She also is the co-chair of the Kershaw Community Playground project.

Emmons said she admires the town’s ability to reach out to those in need.

“I have made this comment numerous times: we are a small town with a big heart. In other words, in a time of need we reach out and we seek ways to work together,” Emmons said. “I always encourage voters; please take time to educate yourselves when there are candidates running for various positions. Learn as much as you can about that candidate, their background what they are going to bring to the position. Make an educated choice as far as when you cast your ballot because that ballot will affect your community for minimum of four years.

“I hope that I have proven to the resident of Elgin how much I love this community and the passion that I have for the community and that they would allow me the honor of serving as mayor.”

 

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