Open Letter

 

Candidate endorsements

 

Councilman Barry Walker

I am a resident of Irmo and have lived in Old Friarsgate for almost 8 years. Over these past weeks we have had the opportunity to observe and evaluate the perspectives and agendas of the various candidates in the upcoming elections.

I have found Councilman Walker’s willingness to listen and examine questions and concerns of the community as both hopeful and insightful. Councilman Walker’s ability and willingness to listen and act on the voice of the citizens, even in the face of great opposition, has set him far apart from the other candidates.

Councilman Barry Walker is respectful at all times in his manner of speech and correspondence to and with members of the community. Added to this, his existing 14 years of service to this community finds him very understanding about the Town of Irmo and the needs of ALL its people. After all, this is where he and his wife live and their three children were raised and educated in Irmo.

Some issues of benefit or importance to the community that have been promoted, endorsed, supported, approved, motivated or repealed by Councilman Walker are:

Promoted: Community involvement and unity by working towards utilizing the town’s new technology to ensure and allow for live streaming of council meetings for those who are unable to attend in person;

Endorsed: Improved communications between the council members and the town by way of an official Social Media/Communications employee;

Supported: Local police Department by approving new facility, vehicles, equipment and body cameras;

Supported: Local Fire Department by approving the construction of a new fire station in Irmo;

Approved: Construction of the Community and Veteran Parks;

Motivated: Placing the citizen’s right to vote on backyard chickens on the upcoming referendum; and

Repealed: $1084 fine for parking on your OWN lawn – No consideration was given to those with extenuating circumstances. Final vote on this matter in January 2018.

In Councilman Walker’s own words:

* We can resolve this and many other issues by working together;

* Local leaders should help improve your daily life, not hinder it; and

* He has more than adequately proved, “I Listen to the People”.

For all of the above reasons, I express my support for and endorse Councilman Barry Walker for re-election on 7 November 2017.

 

Councilwoman Kathy Condom

I am also writing today to express my support for Councilwoman Condom’s campaign. It is my intention to vote for her in the upcoming elections and I assure the citizens of Irmo, beyond a doubt that Councilwoman Condom is the most qualified person to run for re-election. Kathy exemplifies fairness and thoughtfulness and her many selfless efforts have earned her respect and admiration for her dedication.

Councilwoman Condom has shown in several ways that she has ability and leadership skills and as such, is no stranger to being of service – she has served in the following capacities:

Current designated Irmo member: Central Midlands Council of Governments;

Irmo Election Commission: Chairman from 1995-2002;

Quail Valley Civic Association: President from 1993-1999;

Community activist for over 25 years; and

The only woman currently serving on the Irmo Town Council.

Councilwoman Condom has served on the Irmo Town Council since 2003. She has proven herself to be reliable, as can be counted on at all times. With the leadership example she sets, Kathy can continue to help Irmo grow and become a happy and prosperous town.

In Kathy’s own words, “Irmo Town Council needs a woman on board. Kathy brings a fresh perspective and new ideas from the mind and spirit of a woman who has lived, worked and raised children in Irmo.” Kathy has been married for 44 years, has 2 daughters and 3 grandchildren.

Councilwoman Kathy Condom’s goals for Irmo include:

Keeping a balanced and transparent town budget;

Creating and implementing long-term plans for Irmo’s growth and development;

Increase communication techniques and avenues to keep citizens informed and involved;

Continue to be responsive to all town residents and to continue representing them with appreciation, respect, trust and service.

Councilwoman Kathy Condom has been instrumental in fostering a sense of community and belonging. We need Kathy, Kathy needs you – Re-elect Councilwoman Kathy Condom on 7 November 2017.

 

Sincerely

Leslie Boland