A majority of Elgin Town Council is now made up of women.
Voters elected Candy Silvers during Tuesday’s special election to fill the seat vacated by former Councilman Norman Allen “Bubba” Ernst. When she is sworn in at council’s July meeting, Silvers will become the third woman on the five-seat council.
Silvers, who has lived in Elgin for 18 years, is married to Silas Silvers. They have three daughters, two of whom reside in Elgin, and five grandchildren.
Before being elected to council, Silvers served on Elgin’s Planning and Zoning commission.
“I wanted to get more involved in my community … I want to be the voice of people in this community,” Silvers said on why she registered to run in the election.
Silvers said she is looking forward to being active on council.
“Getting to know the people in town … being more involved in activities, trying to help change some things that need to be changed is what I’m looking forward to,” Silvers said.
In a pre-election interview, Silvers expressed interest in addressing some issues that she has observed in Elgin. She stated Thursday that she still hopes to address them.
“The traffic situation is an issue and town beautification is an issue. I would like more business to come in and I feel that the look of our town can be a detriment to that. I’d like to see more community involvement and more community pride,” Silvers said.
The need to fill the seat came after Ernst tendered his resignation from council following his arrest in March on criminal domestic violence charges. Ernst had also been arrested in January for vandalism.
According to unofficial results from the Kershaw County Registration Office, there was a 6 percent turnout for Tuesday’s election. Out of 891 registered voters in the town of Elgin, only 53 votes were cast. Silvers received 29 votes to win the seat. Stacia Grooms, granddaughter of late Elgin Mayor Paul Grooms, received 12 votes. Christopher Renfroe, Stover Middle School’s wrestling coach, and Ernst’s daughter, Syndey Faith Ernst, each received six votes.