Ninety Six Ward 5 residents will pick between two political newcomers, Dixon Bryan and Joan Walker, to represent them in the town's special election Tuesday.
Bryan and Walker are running for the empty Ward 5 seat on Town Council. The seat was vacated when former Councilman Todd Reeves announced his resignation in November 2011 to take a job in Louisiana.
Only registered voters living in the town and Ward 5 are eligible to vote.Both candidates said they have been meeting and talking to residents about town issues in the days leading to the election. They said they share the same concerns as the constituents, such as town spending and keeping drugs out of schools.
The candidates have followed projects Council is already trying to tackle, such as the revival of the Clemson University charrette project from a few years ago. The new council member will play an active role in revitalization as head of the Council's planning committee.
Bryan has handed out flyers, outlining his four main concerns. One of them is it's "time to support local businesses and solicit new businesses, but not at expense of taxpayers."
Bryan said he's seen too many Ninety Six businesses open and then quickly shut down. He wants to encourage residents to start shopping in town to keep businesses alive.
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