I would like to talk about the qualifications of the two candidates running for the District 1 seat on the Georgetown County Council.
John Thomas, the Republican incumbent, is a proven leader. Having served as a commander in the U.S. Navy, he has demonstrated that ability.
John has done an outstanding job for the Litchfield and Murrells Inlet area. He represents the county on the Grand Strand Area Transportation Study, where he has been a strong advocate for reducing traffic congestion and additional hurricane evacuation routes. With his background as a transportation planner, he is the best possible GSATS representative.
When residents of Murrells Inlet were concerned about the possibility of loud helicopter tours, he sponsored an ordinance to keep them out of the Waccamaw Neck. John worked with Murrells Inlet 2020 in planning and funding a multipurpose bike path and installing pedestrian safety crosswalks on U.S. 17 Business.
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John is chairman of the County Council Public Works Committee and serves on the Land Use and Tourism, Administration and Finance, and Justice and Safety committees.
John has successfully focused on low tax-cost effective government, job growth, smart land use planning, and environmental stewardship. He provides great constituent service. His phone number, mailing address and email address are readily available on the Georgetown County website. He has never failed to respond to questions I have asked regarding Georgetown County issues.
Bill Hills is a resident of Murrells Inlet.
He appears to be opposed to any efforts by environmental groups to protect our area from pollution and is against additional protections for our huge live oak trees. His current involvement in Winyah Land and Timber, LLC seems to be consistent with his position. He is essentially a one-issue candidate.
In the election next year, John Thomas is by far the best choice. He can count on my vote.
The writer lives in Pawleys Island.