Elections always seem to be about favorites or a vote against someone instead of a positive vote for a candidate. Most adults know that voting is a civic right and are compelled to exercise that right but are often left standing at the polls uninformed of a candidate’s stance on policy or qualifications.
On Tuesday, March 3, Irmo will vote in a special election for a new Town Council person to fill the seat vacated by Irmo Mayor Barry A. Walker in November’s general election. Four candidates are vying for that seat but only one has all the right qualifications needed to provide the town with the leadership that it needs.
Bill Danielson is that candidate. He has shown an unwavering community service by volunteering on various boards and commissions over the last 30 years.
Bill was appointed by Governor Nikki Haley to represent the 2nd Congressional District as Chairman for the SC Commission of Disabilities and Special Needs. Responsibilities fell on this seven member commission for governmental oversight, spending priorities, management of the Executive Director, political wrangling over a host of issues and most of all the safety and health of over 35,000 of this states most vulnerable citizens. His exemplary service earned him two terms as chairman overseeing a budget exceeding 700 million dollars.
Bill served as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Greater Irmo Chamber of Commerce and has Chaired the SC Philharmonic for two terms. He’s a USC Graduate and a successful businessman for more than 30 years.
Bill served on the board of The Babcock Center for eight years, three as Treasurer guiding the organization through a downsizing and consolidation of services during the recession of 2008 – 2012 was necessary to insure Babcock’s success and continued service to consumers and their families. These consumers have life long disabilities, spinal cord injuries, severe emotional and or intellectual disabilities as well as those on all aspects of the Autism spectrum.
As Chair of the Board of the Glenforest School in West Columbia, a private school that serves students who are on the autism spectrum and others who learn differently, Danielson helped guide this school from a small facility in Cayce to their sprawling campus currently on Harbor Drive. He helped raise thousands of dollars for tuition scholarships and the overall governance and educational direction. He also assisted in the financing, design and construction of their brand new athletic and gym facility.
Bill is married to Peg and has raised two fine children who he attributes their success to the Lexington Richland District Five system.
Please come out and vote on Tuesday, March 3 for Irmo’s best choice for town Council, Bill Danielson.
Robert L. Doolittle