Biographical information for Paige B. Sawyer III, running for Georgetown City Council

October 29, 2013 

Paige B. Sawyer III

Age | 65

Party | Republican

Address | 416 Highmarket St., Georgetown

Occupation | portrait photography business since 1974

Family | wife Susan McDaniel Sawyer of 39 years; two sons, Cary and Philip, and daughter-in-law, Emmie

Civic and political experience | active member of Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church; Citizens Committee for Judicial Selection Commission; International Paper Community Advisory Committee; member of American Legion Post 114, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6444, Battery White Sons of Confederate Veterans, General William Moultrie Sons of the American Revolution, Gideons International, Georgetown Propeller Club, Georgetown Historical Society; Army Security Agency Alumni Association; serves on the board of the Beach Music Association International; past president of the Winyah Indigo Society; past president of the South Carolina Professional Photographers Association; elected to Georgetown City Council in 1995

Education | High school, radio broadcasting school, photography school, various classes at Coastal Carolina University and the South Carolina Municipal Elected Officials Institute of Government

Military experience | U. S. Army veteran with 27 months served in Vietnam

Contact information | 546-3745

Question 1 | What will you do to draw in more business to Georgetown?

Answer | City council members are cheerleaders for our city and should be promoting the many positives benefits we have. I am constantly engaged in recruiting new businesses for our town and stress our “No Impact” fee compared to the county. The answer I hear the majority of the time is, “the market in your city is not strong enough for our business.” Until we can four-lane Highway 521 to both Interstate 95 and Interstate 20, combined with getting federal money for dredging our port and eliminating the concept of our county being union friendly, unfortunately we will not see a significant growth in recruiting new industry.

Question 2 | Would you support allowing alcoholic beverages on the Harborwalk, similar to how they’re allowed on the MarshWalk in Murrells Inlet? Why?

Answer | The first thing we have to remember about our Harborwalk and the MarshWalk is that we have residences, retail and specialty stores combined with restaurants that line our Harborwalk along with residential property less than a block away. Restaurant after restaurant connect to the MarshWalk which creates a festive atmosphere without the need to restrain activity and noise due to other types of businesses and nearby residential property.

I would support alcoholic beverages on our Harborwalk for festivals and special events but would have to study a detailed plan that encompasses aspects of all those involved before saying yes to just having alcoholic beverages on our Harborwalk.

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