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Elgin Mayor Emmons announces candidacy for KC Council seat

Posted: March 31, 2016 4:29 p.m.
Updated: April 1, 2016 1:00 a.m.
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Melissa Emmons

Elgin Mayor Melissa Emmons has announced her candidacy for Kershaw County Council’s District 3 seat.

"I feel with the current and upcoming challenges that we will face, this will allow me the opportunity and the honor to serve the residents and businesses at the next level as we seek solutions and plan for the future of the Elgin area," Emmons said in a press release.

Emmons has 11 years of governmental experience in the town of Elgin. She has served on Elgin town council as a councilmember and is currently mayor.

"I have both the vision and leadership skills to make a difference in Kershaw County. Having served on multiple boards, town council and as mayor, I have established a positive and productive working relationship with local, county and state representatives," Emmons said.

In a press release, Emmons said she will focus on economic development and traffic issues on the US Highway 1 Corridor.

"I will continue the work of Councilman Miles and focus on ways to create better job training, as well as economic development and opportunities in education. I will work with council to seek ways to improve the current and future traffic issues with the US Highway 1 Corridor, especially through Elgin where it bottlenecks daily during heavy commute hours."

Emmons also praised the recently constructed Fire Station 13 and said she would attempt to continue to develop the fire station.

"I will also pursue methods to fund full-time firemen for the Elgin area that could be housed at Blaney Fire Department. I commend Councilman Miles as he worked with his colleagues and constructed a new facility for Station 13 that included sleeping quarters, kitchen and meeting space in addition to the bays to store the trucks and equipment. Thanks to his vision and diligence, we now have a state of the art facility that is designed to function as a fulltime department along with the volunteers," Emmons said.

Emmons said she believes her previous and current experience with Kershaw County Council has provided her a blueprint for the direction of the community.

"I have had the opportunity to volunteer my time as I served on several positions that were appointed by Kershaw County Council such as Santee Lynches Council of Government, SisterCare and Kershaw County Housing Authority. I also had the pleasure to serve as Co-Chair on the Kershaw Community Playground Committee," Emmons said,

"We just completed our first of several projects with the dedication and grand opening of the Kershaw Community Playground, which is located at the West Wateree Recreation Site on US Highway 1 between Lugoff and Elgin. Our next project will be a Miracle League Field located in Camden."

Emmons is a life-long resident of Elgin and a graduate of Lugoff-Elgin High School. She attended Midlands Technical College, American Banking Institute and received her ParaPro Certification from Francis Marion College. She has 22 years’ experience in finance with C&S National Bank, First Palmetto Savings Bank and Kershaw County School District, where she currently serves as the Bookkeeper at Blaney Elementary School in Elgin.

She has been married to Clif for 28 years and has two daughters, Liz (25) and Emily (21) and a granddaughter, Lilly (5). Her family attends Hillcrest Baptist Church in Elgin, where her husband is a deacon and she is a trustee.

"My Community is my passion and I look forward to the opportunity of serving everyone in District 3 on the Kershaw County Council. For more information, I invite you to email me at emmons_for_kershawcountycouncil@yahoo.com," Emmons said.

The election is scheduled for Tuesday, June 14, 2016.

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