In the upcoming election in December, I will be seeking a second term as a member of the Kiawah Island Town Council. This current year has been a special challenge for our town as it has been for many of its citizens, property owners, and guests. We have not been able to socialize and gather together like we normally do, which has been difficult and disappointing for most everyone. Our Arts Council has had to cancel the concerts and special events we so much enjoy. The Kiawah Island Golf Resort and the Kiawah Island Club have had to curtail many of their activities. The Town has had to put in place requirements for social distancing and masking in order to help stop the spread of a deadly virus that has gripped our entire world. On a more positive note, Kiawah Island has become a refuge for many guests and property owners seeking a safe and peaceful place during this pandemic. Property sales have taken off, and many new people are finding Kiawah Island’s natural beauty and recreational options very attractive. However, we will continue to be challenged during the next year as we do not yet know when a vaccine may become available and when things can return to “normal”.
During my first term, I have been privileged to support the Town as liaison to the Planning Commission, the Board of Zoning Appeals, and the Arts Council. Each of these bodies fulfills an important and distinct role in our community. It has been my job to keep the council up to date on their agendas and issues and keep the committees aware of the Town’s priorities. The volunteer citizens of our community who serve on these various bodies do an incredible job throughout the year, and it is an honor to support them. I also undertook a special assignment for Mayor Craig Weaver to identify the key risks the Town might face in the foreseeable future and help identify our level of preparedness.
By way of background, my wife Nancy and I have been full-time residents for 13 years, and we have owned property here for over 23 years. I served on the Planning Commission for six years prior to my election and served on the committees that designed and built our Municipal Center on Betsy Kerrison. We are members of the Governor’s Club and the Kiawah Island Club. I also currently co-chair the Kiawah Art Guild.
After completing my undergraduate work and graduate studies, I served as a commissioned officer in the US Army and was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal in 1970. My career in banking and investment management took us to Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, New York and Charlotte. I retired as executive vice president for Wealth Management at Wachovia Corporation, now Wells Fargo. I seek and would welcome your support in the December election.