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Van Wyck Candidate Profiles

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Van Wyck voters will elect a mayor and four town council members Tuesday, Nov. 14. The nine town council candidates Willaim Acree, Kelly Bishop, Teri C. Currie, Bob Doster, Troy Elmore, Xavier Kee, Pat Oglesby, Richard Vaughan and Cassandra Watkins. As Sean Corcoran is the only candidate for mayor, he has already won that seat.

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Here's a bit of background on each of them:

VW Mayor – Sean Corcoran

Age on Election Day: 43
Family: Wife, Susan; two children
Education: 1993 graduate of Charlotte Catholic High School; 1997 graduate of Western Carolina University, bachelor’s degree; 2004 graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Law, law degree
Occupation: Attorney with Brock & Scott
Political experience: None
Civic/volunteer involvement: Not given
Contact info: P.O. Box 256, Van Wyck, SC 29744; (704) 589-0025 (cell); corcoranesq@yahoo.com
What are the three most important issues Van Wyck faces in the next two years? 1. Expand the town’s footprint through annexation to encompass all of Van Wyck
2. Foundational work to get the government up and running
3. Development: The town must create the framework to enable smart, deliberative growth, while simultaneously preserving Van Wyck’s unique character.
How do you intend to deal with those issues? 1. Consensual annexation will begin immediately after the council is seated. The owners of the targeted properties have already expressed their intent to petition the town for annexation as soon as the government can accept the petitions.
2. Smart growth will require the town to craft a plan that will initially rely on the existing county zoning, but will be modified over time.

VW Town Council – William Acree

Age on Election Day: Not given
Family: Not given
Education: Not given
Occupation: Retired businessman
Political experience: Not given
Civic/volunteer involvement: Not given
Contact info: 5085 Old Hickory Road, Lancaster; SC 29720; (704) 650-8628 (cell); wmacree@gmail.com
What are the three most important issues Van Wyck faces in the next two years and how do you intend to deal with those issues? My intentions are to help Van Wyck establish a good foundation for its future. Once Van Wyck has formed a government and the council determines the goals for the next two years, ask your question again.

VW Town Council – Kelly Bishop

Age on Election Day: 52
Family: Single mother of Hannah, 27, and Josh, 24
Education: 1983 graduate of Catawba School in Rock Hill; 1985 graduate of Ohio Valley College in Parkersburg, W.Va., with liberal arts degree
Occupation: Retired after 22 years billing insurance for various chiropractors
Political experience: None
Civic/volunteer involvement: Currently secretary of the Van Wyck Woman’s Club (former president); member of Van Wyck Community Development Club (former officer); former officer and member of the Van Wyck Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary
Contact info: 4457 Old Hickory Road, Lancaster; SC 29720; (803) 416-7874 (cell); chirochic@comporium.net
What are the three most important issues Van Wyck faces in the next two years? Creating and maintaining a budget; annexation; and creating and maintaining zoning ordinances
How do you intend to deal with those issues? The budget will be the hardest to approach. We need money to grow, but we don’t want the tax to overburden our residents. My approach will be to be fair and balanced. Communicating with all those that surround Van Wyck, letting them know why annexation is a good idea. Keeping zoning ordinances as simple as possible. My job as a councilwoman is to listen, learn and discern the best for Van Wyck.

VW Town Council – Teri C. Currie

Age on Election Day: 47
Family: Husband of 16 years, Scott; mother of three; blended family of five
Education: 1988 graduate of Providence Day School; 1992 graduate of Appalachian State University with bachelor’s degree in anthropology and minor in history; Queens University of Charlotte graduate degrees in both secondary and elementary education
Occupation: Third-grade teacher at Unionville Elementary, Unionville, N.C.; Belfair Riding Academy owner
Political experience: None
Civic/volunteer involvement: Church missions; Piedmont Hunter/Jumper Association (former treasurer and president)
Contact info: P.O. Box 250, Van Wyck, SC 29744; (803) (704) 661-4341; belfair1030@yahoo.com
What are the three most important issues Van Wyck faces in the next two years? The three most important issues for the town of Van Wyck in the next two years are establishing the ordinances and resolutions to run town meetings and developing governing procedures. Second is incorporating all persons who would like to be incorporated into the town. Lastly, incorporating landholders who don’t wish to be incorporated, but form doughnut holes in the town’s boundaries.
How do you intend to deal with those issues? For persons wanting to incorporate – having as many meetings as necessary to incorporate those landholders. Landholders who will be forcibly annexed will need to be handled delicately, and informing the people of the importance of having a continuous boundary for the town.

VW Town Council – Bob Doster
Age on Election Day: Not given
Family: Wife, Cherry; son, Bob; daughter, Chelsea
Education: 1967 graduate of Lancaster High School; 1975 graduate of University South Carolina with bachelor’s degree in fine arts; 1977 graduate of Clemson University with master’s degree in fine arts
Occupation: Sculptor/owner of Bob Doster’s Backstreet Studio Ltd.
Political experience: None
Civic/volunteer involvement: On the board of the S.C. Artistan Center in Walterboro
Contact info: P.O. Box 1055, Lancaster, SC 29721; (803) 285-9190; Rcdoster@comporium.net
What are the three most important issues Van Wyck faces in the next two years and how do you intend to deal with those issues? Van Wyck must grow to be viable and I propose we do this by voluntary annexation. Second is zoning. While we are using the county zoning ordinances, we must refine those to meet the needs of our town. I want a community that has farms and green spaces for people to enjoy, such as parks and recreation opportunities, and home sites that you need more than a pair of scissors to cut your grass. Having lived in Van Wyck for 16 years in my wife’s family home place has reinforced my belief in the values that this community represents.

VW Town Council – Troy Elmore

Age on Election Day: 79
Family: Wife, Loyrece; a son, a daughter
Education: 1957 graduate of Lisbon High School, Lisbon, La.; college: private tutor
Occupation: Retired as general manager of Lancaster County Natural Gas Authority after 29 years
Political experience: None
Civic/volunteer involvement: Lancaster County Forestry Board chairman; City of Lancaster Fire Prevention Appeals Board, Van Wyck Community Development Club
Contact info: 4439 Old Hickory Road, Lancaster SC 29720; (803) 416-6013 (cell); tce2004@comporium.net
What are the three most important issues Van Wyck faces in the next two years? Ordinances, annexation, budget
How do you intend to deal with those issues? First, to make ordinances needed to get the town up and running, then deal with others as needs arise and time permits. Annex all land contiguous to the town borders from the river, east to the North Carolina state line and north as far as landowners want. The town will start with a budget already approved to get the town up and running. It is my intention to keep the budget balanced each year with income to limit any debt that might accrue.

VW Town Council – Xavier Kee

Age on Election Day: 29
Family: Mother, the late Linda Kee; sister, the late Valeesha Kee; Aunt Janie; Uncle Willie; and a host of cousins; three godchildren, Elijah, Kavin and Neveah; godparents and other family members
Education: 2006 graduate of Indian Land High School; 2010 graduate of University South Carolina Lancaster with associate degree in science; 2017 magna cum laude graduate of Grand Canyon University Online with bachelor’s degree in educational studies  
Occupation: Special education assistant with Lancaster County School District
Political experience: None
Civic/volunteer involvement: Boy Scouts, S.C. notary
Contact info: P.O. Box 43, Van Wyck, SC 29744; (803) 288-3734; keexavier@yahoo.com
What are the three most important issues Van Wyck faces in the next two years? Annexation of the other parts of the area into the town of Van Wyck, and also getting revenue for the town of Van Wyck so that we can support the town, and then coming up with bylaws and ordinances for the town of Van Wyck.
How do you intend to deal with those issues? I intend to deal with the issues by annexing the areas that immediately want to be a part of the town as soon as possible, which may cause us to voluntarily or involuntarily annex them in. Revenue for the town: look for ways that we can get revenue to support the town. For the bylaws and ordinances of the town of Van Wyck, I plan to meet with other members and discuss what we think the laws and ordinances are that should be put in place for this town.

VW Town Council – Pat Oglesby

Age on Election Day: 70
Family: Two children: Trish Burnett, Chip Oglesby
Education: 1965 graduate of Paxon Senior High School; 1991 graduate of York Technical College’s medical secretary certificate program
Occupation: Retired medical secretary
Political experience: None
Civic/volunteer involvement: Van Wyck Community Development Club, Van Wyck Woman’s Club, Friends of Andrew Jackson State Park
Contact info: P.O. Box 8, Van Wyck, SC 29744; (803) 517-0775; poglesby@comporium.net
What are the three most important issues Van Wyck faces in the next two years? Forming the governing body of Van Wyck consisting of a mayor and four council representatives. Annexing residents of Van Wyck who wish to join the incorporated town. Addressing zoning and planning issues for Van Wyck.
How do you intend to deal with those issues? As soon as the results of the Nov. 14 election for mayor and council are certified, we will meet and begin addressing the annexation issue. We will hold regular public meetings of the council to hear other concerns of the citizens, begin to prioritize the main needs of the community and set up guidelines for dealing with same.

VW Town Council – Richard Vaughan

Age on Election Day: 76
Family: Wife, Linda D. Vaughan
Education: 1961 graduate of Lancaster High School; attended York Technical College
Occupation: Retired from Springs Industries Engineering Department
Political experience: None
Civic/volunteer involvement: Van Wyck Community Development Club
Contact info: P.O. Box 65, Van Wyck, SC 29744; (803) 285-1076; vwvaughan@comporium.net
What are the three most important issues Van Wyck faces in the next two years? Controlled growth, annexation and open communication among residents and Lancaster County
How do you intend to deal with those issues? In a perfect world, we would all like for progress to slow down and our communities to remain the same, but we are progressive thinkers and know that change is coming, just as it has come to our neighbors to the north. Our desire is to not only protect our community identity, but to control our future growth. I will work with Lancaster County and the property owners to make sure the needs and desires are fulfilled.
If elected, I will be willing to work with contiguous property owners to assist them in their preparation of petitions for annexation. Transparency will be paramount in working with the citizens of the town of Van Wyck and the various departments of Lancaster County.

VW Town Council – Cassandra Watkins

Age on Election Day: 46
Family: The Hood family
Education: 1990 graduate of Indian Land High School; 2017 graduate of Trinity Bible Institute with associate degree in biblical studies
Occupation: Janitor with AmeriCare Cleaning
Political experience: None
Civic/volunteer involvement: Hospice volunteer
Contact info: P.O. Box 303, Van Wyck, SC 29744; (803) 524-3267; cmhwatkins23@gmail.com
What are the three most important issues Van Wyck faces in the next two years? Unity in our community, growth, annexation
How do you intend to deal with those issues? Lots of prayer and by working with the elected town council members to educate our community and monitor growth as our town increases its borders.