Preserve our way of life in Beaufort County for the next generation.
Live – I will continue to work toward making Beaufort County a place people enjoy calling home. I worked for new county ordinances, surveys, impact fee credits for affordable housing and to establish a regional of Housing Trust Fund. Since elected, I worked to preserve our beautiful natural environment and waterways by ensuring high water quality in the Port Royal Sound and protecting our open spaces and farmland.
Work – During the next four years, I will use my experience and abilities as a liaison with other local governments, military, schools, TCL and USCB and state agencies to work toward accomplishing shared goals such as improving economic diversity, providing affordable housing, solving traffic problems such as Ribaut Road, solving stormwater issues, protecting our water quality, and preserving county relationships with our valuable military partners in northern Beaufort County.
Play – It has been gratifying to see the acquisition and development of additional passive parks and the expansion of the Spanish Moss Trail during the past seven years. Water access and boat landings continue to be vital to our citizens and visitors. I pledge to work toward improving our Parks and Recreation program based upon recent public input and the soon to be adopted Parks and Recreation Comprehensive Plan.
Stormwater and resiliency – Resolved flooding problems in the Mossy Oaks neighborhood by working in partnership with the City of Beaufort and South Carolina DOT. My next goal, based on a stormwater engineering study in Shell Point, is use this experience to work toward solving the same problems in this community.
Worked in cooperation with local governments to improve quality of life by obtaining funding for sidewalks in District 4 to include Southside Blvd, Waddell Road, and pathways along Ribaut Road, Depot Road and Spanish Moss Trail. With cooperation from the Town of Port Royal and Beaufort County Rural and Critical Lands, we worked to preserve a large parcel in Shell Point for open space and stormwater containment. To answer citizen requests, we formed a task force which recommended pickleball courts now in use at Southside and Shell Point parks.
Economic vitality, diversity, and partnership – My experience in partnering with the military and while also protecting the military mission, allowed the county to preserve land with the acquisition of Revolutionary Battle site near MCAS Beaufort and the easement acquisition in the Oak Point flight path – a move which also prevents incompatible development.
Current Chairman of the Natural Resources Committee and past Chairman of the Community Services Committee: Construction of three new homes for Disabilities and Special Needs; Beaufort County update to the Master Plan; passive parks projects approved and opened to include Ft. Frederick Heritage Preserve, Ft. Freemont Preserve, Crystal Lake Park, and Widgeon Point Preserve.
County liaison to Beaufort County Library Board, Stormwater Board, Beaufort County Rural and Critical Lands Board, Town of Port Royal, Beaufort County Planning Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals, Technical College of the Lowcountry, Port Royal Ribaut Road Task Force and Northern Regional Plan Implementation Committee and Beaufort Memorial Hospital Board
Professional Background and Previous Community Experience
Community Liaison and Planning Officer at MCAS Beaufort and Natural Resources and Environmental Officer at MCAS Beaufort for a combined 20 years
Community leadership roles include service as Rotary president and district leadership roles, board member of Keep Beaufort Beautiful, Southside Park Committee, Rotary Reader volunteer, and Beaufort County Schools/Rotary Anti-Bullying project chair, South Coast Cyber Security Center Advisory Board member, Chairman of the City of Beaufort Zoning Board of Appeals, Member / Metro Planning Commission, Member / Leadership Beaufort Class of 1996 Riley Institute of Furman, Diversity Leaders Initiative, Fall 2017
Resident of Mossy Oaks for 31 years; daughter and grandchildren educated in Beaufort County Schools and daughter is a teacher in Beaufort County Schools
Born on a military installation on the Fourth of July, my family has always valued military service and many family members have also served their communities as firefighters, teachers, civil servants, or farmers.