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Candy Silvers announces reelection campaign

Posted: January 22, 2015 4:30 p.m.
Updated: January 23, 2015 1:00 a.m.
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Candy Silvers

 

Elgin Councilwoman Candace “Candy” Silvers is running for reelection in Elgin’s Feb. 3 election for town council. Voters put Silvers on council during a special election in 2013 to replace former Councilman Norman Allen “Bubba” Ernst after his resignation. Silvers previously served on Elgin’s planning and zoning commission. She said she would like the opportunity to continue to help her community through public service.

“I have said that I wanted to do some things when I was elected in the special election. I didn’t get to accomplish everything. (The term) went by quickly,” Silvers said.

While on council, Silvers served on the Potter Community Park committee to get picnic shelters for the park and to continue its development.

“We got the picnic shelter built and dedicated. We are going to raise funds for a walking track and perhaps a community center, I think it is going to be good,” Silvers said.

She said town beautification continues to be an important issue for her.

“I would love to make the building owners accountable for their buildings in town. I think that in order to get new businesses our town needs to be attractive to buyers who want to move in. We need to step it up a notch … I would like to get the town people more involved, if we could get them to care about their community everyone could pitch in and help,” Silvers said.

She suggested kids who get in trouble could participate in picking up trash.

“I think that could be a great deterrent, to pick up garbage or paint a building. I want to try to get our townspeople to care. If we could elevate the town, maybe they would follow suit and take more pride in it themselves,” Silvers said.

She also organized the Podunk Festival Dice Run with her husband, Silas Silvers. The proceeds from the event benefitted Elgin’s Toy Round Up.

“We had a great time. My husband is in a motorcycle club that is for public servicemen. Their main goal is to raise funds to help veterans. We did the dice run to help with the Elgin police’s toy drive. We raised almost $1,700 and gave a check to Chief Brown for the Elgin toy round up. We want to make this an annual event and we hope it gets bigger and bigger each year.” Silvers said.

She also expressed concern over traffic issues on Main Street along with wanting to notify more Elgin residents about events.

“I would like to see an electronic message board for town events. I know things are posted on Facebook and in the newspaper, but you have older people not on Facebook and younger people might not read the paper,” she said. “Something like an electronic message board would let everyone in the town can be privy to that information. You have to know what’s going on to participate.

Silvers and her husband, who is simultaneously running for mayor and for one of two available seats on council, will host a Meet the Candidate at Blaney’s Backyard Grill on Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. All are welcome, and chicken wings will be served, she said.

Polls will be open Feb. 3 at Elgin Town Hall from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. In addition to Silas Silvers, current Councilwoman Melissa Brazell Emmons is running for mayor. In addition to the Silvers, current Mayor Brad Hanley is running for the two available seats on council.

 

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