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Silvers to run for Elgin mayor in February

Posted: January 6, 2015 5:37 p.m.
Updated: January 7, 2015 1:00 a.m.
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Silas Silvers ... Elgin mayoral candidate

 

Silas Silvers is running for mayor of Elgin in February’s election.

Silvers is married to Elgin Councilwoman Candace “Candy” Silvers. They have three daughters and six grandchildren together. Silvers feels his military service, former law enforcement service and management experience give him the experience needed to serve as mayor.

Silvers is currently in the military and has served for 31 years in the Army Reserve. In law enforcement, Silvers served as a deputy sheriff and police officer. Silvers said he would like to use his law enforcement experience to benefit the Elgin Police Department.

“I would like to build the police department and get the salary more in line with the bordering community. I would like to make it a place where police officers want to work and stay,” Silvers said.

Silvers said he also believes Elgin’s traffic and infrastructure must be addressed.

“The traffic has gotten out of hand… and the infrastructure of the town needs to be improved. You can’t walk from one end of town to the other without walking in the grass or into the road,” Silvers said.

Another issue Silvers said he is concerned about is maintaining a policy of not levying property taxes for Elgin.

“We’ve got to get more businesses in Elgin to support the ‘no town property tax.’ There is no individual property tax in town and I want to keep it that way… If we don’t have the business base to pay that tax, then that luxury is going to go away,” Silvers said.

Silvers said he believes this is important because of the town’s projected growth.

“There is no doubt that Elgin is going to grow,” Silvers said, “We need new businesses to sustain the growing needs of the town.”

Another issue Silvers said he is concerned about is increasing transparency within town council. He said if elected mayor he would be available for Elgin residents to ask questions or speak with if they have an issue.

“With my work schedule, I’m off every Monday. I plan on spending those Mondays in town hall to let people come and talk to me if they have a problem,” Silvers said.

Silvers has lived in Elgin during the past decade.

Silvers moved his family to Elgin in December 1994 when he accepted a position at ECS-124 (G) as a heavy mobile equipment repairer. While at ECS, Silvers became an inspector, then work leader, shop supervisor and, in November 2011, promoted to ECS Manager.

Silvers also serves as vice president of the Strength & Honor Motorcycle Club (SHMC) South Carolina chapter. SHMC is a law enforcement motorcycle club now open to all former and current military and public safety personnel. Its primary mission is to provide assistance to families of fallen veterans, law enforcement and public safety personnel, and to help others that are less fortunate

“We also participated in burying unclaimed veterans. That is something this nation should not have: an unclaimed veteran. This summer, we helped to bury 13 veterans at the Fort Jackson cemetery,” Silvers said.

Silvers said he believes he is a hard worker, which he said would be an asset if elected mayor.

“I grew up working on a farm in western North Carolina. I know what it is to put in an honest day’s work,” Silvers said.

Silvers will be hosting a Meet the Candidate on Monday, Jan. 26 at Blaney Backyard Grill at Pine Street, Elgin from 6 to 8 p.m.

So far, Silvers and current Elgin Town Councilwoman Melissa Emmons are the only people who have announced their candidacy for mayor. The election is slated for Feb. 3.

 

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