Donnie Jeanes, 33, is one of four candidates running for the open seat on West Pelzer Town Council.
Jeanes has been the manager of a local business, Bill’s Tires, for 19 years. He is a lifelong resident of the Pelzer/West Pelzer area and has resided in West Pelzer for five years. He and his wife Brittany have a fourteen month old daughter. Jeanes has been a member of the West Pelzer Fire Department for 14 years and has served in several officer positions including Lieutenant, captain and assistant cheif.
He said his experience as an officer with the fire department, has made him well aware of how taxpayers dollars should be spent. He said if elected, he will be conservative with taxpayer dollars.
He said even though his uncle (Jimmy Jeanes) is on council, he may or may not agree with him on issues but will vote the way he (Donnie) thinks is right.
“I told Jimmy when I decided to run that it doesn’t mean I will agree with him one hundred percent of the time,” Jeanes said. “I will vote the way I feel is right. I will be open minded and do what is in the best interest of the town.”
Jeanes said one of his main objectives if elected is to work to create a budget to keep the town from going furthur into debt. He said he wants to create a plan and stick with it.
Jeanes said he will work with town department heads to come up with a plan that works and reduces costs. “I will sit down with the police and water departments to see what we can do to cut costs,” he said.
He said he would focus on cutting costs rather than raising taxes. “We need to save money and keep from going into debt.”
“I support all departments and I am not coming in to try to cut anything but to improvise and try to make things better.”
He said his goal is to look out for the citizens and do that by cutting costs where they can be cut.
“We have a lot of elderly people who are on fixed incomes and can’t afford increases,” he said.
He said he wants to help West Pelzer be a better town and to keep taxes and rates as low as possible. “Nobody wants to move into a town if the rates are higher than nearby towns,” he said.
The special election will be held on the last Tuesday (Dec. 30) of the year. The winner will serve the remaining one year term on the seat vacated by Robert Alexander earlier this year.