Incumbent councilman Otis Scott is facing two challengers for the Ward 4 seat he presently holds on Williamston Town Council. Challengers are Chris Alexander and Tim Farmer.
Chris Alexander, 41, of Belton Drive, Williamston is a 1993 graduate of Palmetto High School and a 1998 graduate of Tri -County Tech with a degree in business management. He presently works for Sealed Air Cryovac in Simpsonville as a graphic artist.
Alexander serves on the Williamston Planning Commission.
He said he had given a lot of thought over the last year to running for the Ward 4 seat. “I wanted to contribute to the town in some way and this could do it,” he said. “To not be a bystander. I wanted to make a contribution to the town. It is a great place to live. I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else,” he said. “I think the town has a lot of potential. The town is on the verge of something great. I just wanted to be a part of it,” he said.
Alexander said one of his goals is helping make the town more pedestrian friendly and getting people out and about. He said trail and sidewalk projects would help with this. “I have no agenda going into this,” he said. “It is wide open. I want the town to grow and prosper and if I can help in any way, that is great.”
Scott said, “It has been a privilege serving the people of Williamston as your councilman for Ward 4 for the past four years. I not only serve my ward, but have worked hard to serve all the citizens of Williamston.”
Scott said he enjoys having input into the future of the town and helping the citizens. “I enjoy helping because I believe we have the best town in Anderson County,” he said. “I will always put the interest of the citizens as a priority. The citizens of Williamston make the town. Their tax dollars keep our town running.”
Scott said he will continue to work with the mayor, council and county officials to get streets paved in Williamston, which has been a priority for him since being elected to serve on council. Scott also worked with the Anderson County Transportation Committee for C funds paving two of the worst streets in Williamston, Hill and Ellison streets and the new entrance to Gatewood.
Bringing business into town and keeping citizens informed are also priorities.
“If the citizens see fit to elect me again, I would be more than proud to serve them to the best of my knowledge and ability,” Scott said.
Scott is a lifelong resident of Williamston. He and his wife Gail (Morgan) have been married for 47 years.
They have one daughter, Tonya McAbee and son-in-law Chris McAbee and two grand-daughters, Mallory and Adrianna.
He is a lifelong member of Big Creek Baptist Church where he has seved as Chairman of Deacons and Sunday School director.
He is currently serving his second term on council.
He was elected to council for one term, then ran unsuccessfully for mayor, and was reelected to the current four year term.
Tim Farmer is a longtime Williamston resident and serves on the Williamston Fire Department.