HOMETOWN: North Augusta
FAMILY: Husband Kenneth, daughter Fran Risse, son Frank Carpenter; grandchildren Ella Risse, Will Risse and Luke Carpenter
POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: Has served five terms on North Augusta City Council
OCCUPATION: Parent coordinator at North Augusta Elementary School
EDUCATION: North Augusta High School, graduated from Augusta Technical College as a medical secretary
COMMUNITY/CIVIC INVOLVEMENT: Coaches at North Augusta Parks and Recreation, served on committees with the North Augusta Chamber of Commerce, holds summer Bible Club and teaches Sunday school at First Baptist of North Augusta
Why did you decide to run for re-election to city council?
“I enjoy being in the city and helping the city grow. I’ve lived here all my life. By the way I look at things, God called me to serve here in this city and this is one way I can serve our city.”
What qualities do you bring to the council?
“I feel like a lot of times I represent the young people and children in this community. I think that when we talk about North Augusta growing, that is something we need to look at, that we want to provide for our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. I think being involved with children and young people, that I can see their point of view on a lot of things. I love hearing people, what they think about situations. I feel like I am a listener.”
What are the most important issues facing North Augusta?
“Right now, of course, is our riverfront development. We have a lot of people who are for the new development, Project Jackson, and we have people who are against it. I think that’s going to determine a lot of our future in North Augusta whether that project goes through or not. Of course, I think our infrastructure is important. Then, in zoning of people’s property – we never want to put anyone in a position where they can’t use their own property. No matter how big or how small something is in this city, it is always major to us.”