My first Magazine 2018 Quarter 4 Town Notes with Election Candidates - Page 5

Mayoral Candidates Craig Weaver My wife Terry and I built our home here twelve years ago. We both grew up in Michigan, but divided our working years between Chicago, Houston, and Minne- apolis. Most of my career was spent in the energy industry, where I had global management responsibilities. We have two children, a son in Tucson and a daughter in Detroit When we built our home in 2006, Kiawah was more developed, but still every bit as unique as when we first saw the island and bought our property 25 years ago. During the time that I have been a council member and now mayor, my desire has been to see that Kiawah remains the same great place to live, visit or own a home for many more years. The Town has an important role in making this happen. Some of my priorities have been to: • preserve the uniqueness of the island by protecting Kiawah’s natural environment and maintaining a responsible approach to development; • anticipate and address the challenges that arise from the community’s growth and help balance being both a popular tourist destination and a desirable residential community. • protect the Town’s strong financial position and avoid spending or expansion in the size of our local government that might hinder our financial flexibility down the road. These priorities have guided the actions that the Town Council and I have taken over the past two years, such as quickly re-nourishing the island’s beach and dunes following tropical storm Irma, working closely with the Resort and property owners to move forward re-de- velopment at West Beach, and easing the Town’s building permit requirements in order to make it easier and less costly for property owners to maintain and improve their homes. As Mayor, I have the additional responsibility of overseeing the Town’s operations and am committed having a municipal govern- ment that is respected, professional, and focused on the priorities of our residents and property owners. The Town Council and staff must be leaders within the community and able to bring togeth- er residents, property owners, KICA, the Resort, and others to address issues and solve problems. My additional experiences chairing the KICA board, serving on the STJFD commission, and working with County, City of Charleston and Johns Island organi- zations have helped me develop an understanding of how to get things done on and off Kiawah. During the past two years I have worked with our Town Council members – John Wilson, Diana Mezzanotte, Chris Widuch and Jack Koach – and with our staff, to create an increasingly effective municipal government. There is a good deal of work underway and still much to be done. After this election three of the Town Council’s five council members will be new. I would like the opportunity to continue working with and bring continuity to the new Town Council to help ensure that Kiawah remains a great place for all of us. Fran Wermuth Elected in December 2010 as a Council Member, chairing the Public Safety and Communications Committee. I had the good fortune to work with a number of people who believe as I do that Kiawah residents are to be fairly represented and privy to the work- ings of the Committees; all meetings were completely transparent and open to the public, as required by law. I ran for Mayor in 2014, doing fairly well, but did not win. While some on the KICA Board have refused to run in contested elections, I am proud that I made the attempt even though it was unsuccessful. Our family first came to Kiawah in 1986, becoming full time in 2007. Living here with abundant wildlife and at that time, a pristine communi- ty, made me realize how important it is to protect this unique environ- ment, which must be carefully managed for all of us to continue to enjoy this special place. I have been involved as a volunteer, in a number of issues affecting Kiawah Island, Johns Island, and Charleston. I have served with the Kiawah Island Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) since its inception in late 2010, and currently as CERT leader. I have served on the Foster Care Review Board (9A), Charleston, SC, since February 2015. Recommended by the Charleston County Legislative Delegation, and appointed by the Governor. Served as Board Chair from December 2016-December 2017. I am a past volunteer for Reading Partners at five schools in Charleston and on Johns Island. I am a past volunteer for an evening summer program, Camp Hope at Sanders-Clyde, implemented by the then Chief of Police. My education includes a MA in Interdisciplinary Studies: Economics and Public Policy (2000) and a BA in Individualized Study: Economics and International Relations (1994), George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia. I undertook my undergraduate/graduate work while working full time with the Department of Justice. I served on staff, handling financial issues for the Jeremiah Denton Campaign for U.S. Senate from the State of Alabama. I joined the newly elected Senator’s Washington staff for the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Security and Terrorism, chaired by Senator Denton. The subcommittee had oversight of a number of Department of Justice agencies, including the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the United States Marshals Service (USMS) and the Immigration and Naturalization Service. During 26 years of Federal service, I held positions which gave me a breadth of experience in nu- merous areas of government. When the Senator returned to Alabama in 1986, I joined the USMS as a Congressional Liaison officer, and later as a member of the Judicial Security Division’s Management & Oversight Team. I served in the INS Budget Office and after 9/11 as Assistant to the INS Commissioner until the creation of the Depart- ment of Homeland Security. As with any career, each new position required expanding my knowledge of new programs, new regulations, extending to legisla- tive issues, strategic planning, budget formulation and oversight, and training. 5