In October 2007 I contacted and asked each Tega Cay, SC. City Council candidate to write and submit to me information about themselves to print in my first Lake Shore Newsletter. Below are the 4 candidates that responded and their printed information.
Dear Lakeshore Residents:
My wife and I left a city plagued by problems created by rapid growth and no master plan: crisis planning, inflated home values that crashed when city taxes escalated to pay
for short-term fixes. We learned that decisions regarding growth need to be based on solid research, and to clearly support community goals. Past Tega Cay annexation decisions need to be analyzed in terms of city income vs. costs. Future growth must be smart growth – making economic sense, enhancing our quality of life. I know that we can work together as a community. I’ve met with individuals and families who support the research-based decision making required to meet the demands of our future. We need a City Council that can ask hard questions, and provide an open, real exchange of opinions that includes public insight. I’m convinced the leadership and energy needed to govern Tega Cay will come from a blend of new perspective with historical knowledge. I’m ready, willing, and able to be a part of that Council. I count on your support to pursue our vision of a phenomenal tomorrow. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me – 548-7914 or EduExp@comporium.net. Thank you!
I have a background in nonprofit, church and corporate work with 21 years in the same industry. After moving with my wife and 12 year old daughter to Tega Cay in February 2006, I felt immediately at home and passionate about our new city. After working on projects with the city and within my own neighborhood I was encouraged by many to run for a seat on City Council. I would like to see better communication between the city and residents, and public service groups working to keep up with growth. Recent economic growth in Tega Cay has developed by way of annexation, and I see that as accelerating business development and thus improving our tax structure, reducing the risk of increased taxes to our residents. Growth, regardless of origin, is often traumatic but must be faced honestly, wisely and with great care as to not overburden our public safety. Also, in an effort to bridge the perceived gap between Tega Cay residents residing in the Lake Shore subdivision and those residing in Historic Tega Cay, I would like to see a better understanding of the abundant volunteer opportunities Tega Cay has to offer its residents. Helping to get Tega Cay involved as one whole city. If elected Nov. 6th I will work toward maintaining the homey atmosphere of Tega Cay while keeping an open mind to new ideas and representing all of the people of Tega Cay. I currently serve on the Parish Council, teach Religious Ed. and am a Eucharistic minister for St Philip Neri Church. I am a member of the Lions Club, and enjoy volunteering for Habitat for Humanity. In NY I sat on a regional Board of directors and chaired a local chapter of a not for profit organization dedicated to protecting children. Visit my blog at: http://sheppardtegacay.squarespace.com
Hope, her husband Jim, and son James II moved to Tega Cay from Western New York over 13 years ago. Our son James II graduated from Fort Mill High, University of South Carolina, and is completing graduate work at Clemson. Since moving to Tega Cay, Hope has worked for Bank of America, currently as Business Support Manager. She attended Montreat School of Professional Studies earning her BBA in 2001 and MBA in 2004. Hope is dedicated to the community of Tega Cay. Throughout the past 13 years Hope has been involved in the Lioness Club, took a stand against Wal-Mart, and over the past three years has served on the Finance Committee, currently as Chairperson. As our area continues to grow, City Council will need to explore new and innovative ideas
to collectively address the residential, business, and recreational expectations for our city through sustaining an open forum with the citizens of Tega Cay; keeping communications open; maintaining adequate fiscal responsibility to ensure that the services and needs of the community will continue to be met; staying well informed and up-to-date on city issues; making educated, informed decisions.
VOTE ON NOVEMBER 6:
I am currently ending my second four year term on council which began in 2000. Prior to that I served on the Planning Commission for almost ten years, the last five as Chairman during some difficult times. I have a civil engineering degree from Clemson and until last year, was employed at Duke Energy for 26 years. I have watched this city grow from a budget of a few hundred thousand to over $5 million this year. With that growth has come many challenges and many accomplishments, Lake Shore Development being one of the most significant as it spurred growth with a new utility company TCUD, and provided amenities such as the beach center, golf club and other assets for the city. I strongly believe in a government that does not infringe on personal property rights and have fought to make it so. I believe safety and communication with citizens are top priorities for government. There is much more work to be done and I would like to focus on issues relating to running the city and future planning for major projects. I understand the frustration expressed by citizens, when they think they are not being involved and I have definite plans to assist in this area. I would like to continue serving as your councilman, as my experience helps me understand how the past affects our future. I look forward to working with all of Tega Cay to make this a better place for our children and families.