NEWBERRY — Metropolis of Newberry elections will likely be held Tuesday, September 8. Incumbent David DuBose is being challenged in District Six by Chris Kemper.
The next questions have been submitted to every candidate through e mail. Solutions have been minimally edited for spelling, grammar and punctuation.
What made you determine to run for election/reelection to Metropolis Council in 2020?
DuBose: “After I first ran for this seat, my focus was to enhance the standard of life for the residents of Newberry. We had two swimming swimming pools and a really lively recreation division with actions for each age group. I wished to get a few of that again for our residents. One particularly essential achievement that I’m very proud to say I pushed very laborious for is our new metropolis park (but to be named) situated on Glenn St. which is able to open on a restricted foundation on Tuesday, September 1. It’s really an enormous recreation advanced with initially providing a splash pad, playground, multi-purpose fields and strolling path. The baseball fields ought to be prepared for subsequent 12 months’s season. Coming quickly will likely be exterior ping pong and pickle ball and a few use of the attractive lake. I need to be a part of ending this and different tasks we now have began. I selected to run for re-election to Newberry Metropolis Council to assist in offering companies equivalent to this to our metropolis.”
Kemper: “I’m working for the place of Metropolis Councilman for District 6. That is my first run for a political workplace.
I moved to Newberry about 5 years in the past with my household. Previous to that, I had a 23 12 months profession, managing organizations as much as 1,500 personnel and budgets of as much as $70 million.
We got here right here for a change and have been instantly welcomed into the neighborhood. I acquired concerned locally by becoming a member of the board of the Newberry Downtown Improvement Affiliation (2017-2020) and the Newberry YMCA (2016-2018). Throughout that point, I used to be working remotely for a small know-how firm in Colorado. I employed 75 individuals in four months from Spain to California to Canada and Brazil. The whole group labored remotely. I had my eyes opened to know-how and distant work.
In 2018, I made a decision to leap into small enterprise. My companions and I created a digital advertising and marketing agency that’s situated downtown. Over the previous 2 years, we now have helped small companies improve their digital presence. We’ve got spent plenty of hours talking with college students on the Newberry County Profession Middle and Newberry School about careers in advertising and marketing. I imagine in giving again to the neighborhood.
We even have native of us working for us – Newberrians working in know-how.
For the previous few years, I’ve been watching what’s going on locally. There are loads of good issues, however there are additionally some issues that must be fastened.
My first concern is high quality of life. Authorities’s primary precedence is offering a protected and safe setting for all individuals locally. We’ve got to carry taxes at bay. We should determine on whether or not or not we need to improve the standard of life to attract households right here. We should improve walkability for the security of your residents.
My second concern is accountable progress. All of us see the expansion creeping up I-26 from Columbia. If we aren’t planning and getting ready, we are going to both be caught off guard or overrun by growth. From housing inventory, to financial growth, to leveraging our previous, to fixing the meals desert downside, we now have work to do.
My third concern is infrastructure. Street upkeep, recycling, and storm water and sewers. We should repair our roads. There are a variety of residents within the District who’ve been impacted by storm water runoff. We have to perceive and work to unravel these issues.
My ultimate concern is the long run. We have to grade ourselves on how properly we met the objectives within the 2010-2020 Metropolis of Newberry Strategic Plan. Extra importantly, we have to assess what didn’t get achieved. We must be centered on financial growth and partnerships to maximise the affect of excessive velocity web. It will require a change of mindset and focus.”
If elected, what will likely be your first precedence? Why?
DuBose: “I’ve a number of priorities for the approaching months. The primary is that we intently monitor the course of the COVID-19 virus and do no matter is inside our energy to maintain our residents properly. This COVID-19 is a transferring goal and we have to be able to make any modifications crucial. One other large precedence for me is getting our new metropolis park operational. I’ve pushed for a brand new park for years, and it’s particularly essential for me to see this park totally operational and being extensively used and loved by all of our residents, each younger and outdated. We’ve got over 100 acres of land there, and we’re simply now in section one. We will likely be desirous to see what additions to the park our residents of Newberry request. It will likely be a seamless precedence within the years to return.”
Kemper: “I’ll spend the primary 60-90 days trying, listening and watching. Throughout this time, I will likely be assessing and evaluating.
Precedence 1. Establish areas which have unresolved points.
Precedence 2. See and perceive the knowledge that’s being supplied to the Council on a month-to-month foundation. Decide if that corresponds with the notion and understanding of the District’s residents.
Precedence 3. Improve communication to the residents of the District.”
Title one particular change you want to deliver to the Metropolis of Newberry.
DuBose: “Everybody talks about change, however change is inevitable and is a double-sided sword. Change may be good, or it may very well be horrible. Constructing on our successes, in addition to working smarter, not essentially tougher, are two insurance policies which have labored properly for the town. We knew that to maintain up technologically, it was very important to deliver excessive velocity web to Newberry. This current change has empowered enterprise individuals and all residents with the very best high quality web companies that require giant quantities of knowledge transmission. Our broadband is quick, reasonably priced, and dependable. We’re at all times open to alternatives for progress and growth. An skilled council is required to make accountable modifications throughout the metropolis, and I stay up for the following problem.”
Kemper: “I need to change the main focus from offering festivals to creating an financial setting that brings small companies, particularly technology-based companies, to Newberry. Small companies drive 80% of the economic system. Expertise companies pay higher than most industries. We’ve got a strategic benefit with excessive velocity web. We have to maximize that to our profit.
Quite a few research have proven that the youthful technology desires a live-work-play setting. We’ve got the items, we simply have to put all of it collectively.”
In what methods would you assist and work with the a number of departments on the Metropolis of Newberry?
DuBose: “The Metropolis Council does work intently with all of the departments within the metropolis, particularly throughout finances classes and tasks. There are at all times sudden modifications that need to be made, and dealing with the town supervisor and division heads is important in protecting Newberry working easily. I believe I’ve relationship with all of the division heads and plan on protecting the connection open and unbiased. It’s particularly essential to have good relationships with the town supervisor and division heads so you possibly can talk overtly and freely. That is the one method to do the perfect for the town. Fortuitously, Newberry’s numerous departments are headed up with extremely certified, environment friendly leaders. We anticipate excellence from these departments and so they ship. Newberry’s Police Division has been acknowledged for having a completely licensed police division for 18 years in a row. Newberry’s Monetary Division has obtained a Certificates of Achievement for Excellence in Monetary Reporting for 27 years in a row. Newberry is one among 16 cities in South Carolina to be designated a Tree Metropolis USA. In 2019, Newberry’s Electrical Utilities obtained the Security Award of Excellence. The Metropolis Council was added to the 2019 Honor Roll for Elected Officers Institute of Authorities. I used to be proud to be a part of the Award of Excellence to the Metropolis of Newberry for the Oakland Mill Revitalization Venture. I’ve championed enchancment to our water plant, which is able to carry us for many years. I’m pleased with the creation of two new electrical sub-stations which is able to present for improved reliability of energy. Working with the town’s utility division, an particularly essential achievement for Newberry is the citywide fiber optic community. That is fairly an accomplishment for a metropolis our measurement. I proudly labored on the endeavor understanding how very important having this might be for the way forward for Newberry’s companies and residents. Making the funding on this city-wide fiber optic community made Newberry the primary metropolis authorities owned fiber optic community in South Carolina to deliver excessive velocity web to its city. I’ve been a powerful advocate of the Newberry Opera Home, The Newberry Artwork Middle, and the town festivals: Oktoberfest, Pork-in-the-Park, Irish Fling, and the Style of Newberry. All of those deliver many guests to our metropolis, thus supporting our metropolis companies. Our Recreation Division holds enjoyable occasions like Rec within the Park, Downtown Film Nights, and occasions in our parks. The brand new park gives a full accessible-to-all playground, with Marion Davis Park offering actions for all, no matter their mobility points, with wheelchair swings. I’ve pushed and labored for good authorities and excellence in all metropolis departments.”
Kemper: “Activity administration and accountability are essential. I’ll spend time with the division heads to grasp their objectives, targets, challenges and points.
Make no mistake, although, a metropolis councilman’s duty is to the residents of their district. Engaging in something throughout the district is finished by way of the town’s departments.”
Are there packages or insurance policies that you just really feel could must be eradicated or re-prioritized throughout the Metropolis? How would you’re employed with the Metropolis Supervisor and Division Heads to vary these packages or insurance policies?
DuBose: “Over time I’ve served on council we now have eradicated or re-prioritized numerous positions and packages on the metropolis. We simply did a significant discount within the finances because of the COVID-19 pandemic that diminished our income. This took loads of work from the town supervisor and division heads to seek out methods to cut back the finances with out reducing companies or jobs. This solely occurred as a result of we now have a really devoted employees who perceive we don’t like to put workers off and the residents of the town deserve high quality service. I’m positive there will likely be extra conditions like this the place we should make laborious selections. I’ll at all times work laborious to discover a answer that greatest serves the residents of Newberry. Though we attempt to seek out methods to satisfy the wants of our residents, two issues are often talked about as priorities. One is for a further grocery retailer. The town is utilizing a retail enterprise recruiter in effort to persuade a grocery chain to find right here, with no strong outcomes. We have been in a position to get a Starbucks and Firehouse Subs, however are nonetheless engaged on the grocery retailer. We additionally would like to have our metropolis roads and streets repaved. Most of our roads are state roads, and we’re on “the listing” for this challenge. We are attempting to get pushed larger up on this listing, and identical to different cities in South Carolina, hope our time for repaving will come quickly.”
Kemper: “I’ve had entry to some open supply data up up to now. I imagine that, in some circumstances, I would like extra data earlier than I discuss particular cuts/modifications/reprioritizations.
I’ll caveat that assertion with I’m a agency believer in line merchandise finances critiques. This ought to be achieved with the division heads in attendance in a working session earlier than the Council votes on the finances.
We have to have a look at the price of time beyond regulation as a proportion of the general personnel finances and decide if we’re getting a return on funding for that price.
We have to have a look at each facet of the finances to seek out the fats and reduce it out.
The Metropolis Supervisor and Division Heads are the linkage to creating all of this occur. Their buy-in is essential and wanted for the success of any initiative.”
What makes you essentially the most electable candidate for Newberry Metropolis Council District Six?
DuBose: “I really feel that I’m the perfect candidate for Newberry Metropolis Council District 6 for 2 causes. First, after I moved from Columbia to Newberry for a job in 1971 after coming back from the free trip Uncle Sam gave me, a tour of Vietnam, the pleasant of us of Newberry adopted me and have become a few of my greatest associates. I’ve visited each county of South Carolina, 49 of the 50 states, and four continents. I’ve seen many lovely locations, however for me, completely the perfect place of all is the Metropolis of Pleasant People. I need to spend the remainder of my days making an attempt to go ahead all of the acts of kindness proven to me by the numerous Newberrians I’ve come to know and love. The second cause is that I really feel that my years of expertise working to maintain Newberry’s companies of the very best high quality, our utilities environment friendly and dependable, and maybe most significantly, the security of our residents our prime precedence, make me essentially the most certified candidate for Newberry Metropolis Council District 6. Please assist me to proceed making Newberry the perfect little metropolis in SC.”
Kemper: “As I’ve mentioned to of us as we now have gone door-to-door within the District, I’ve pores and skin within the sport. My home is on the nook of Important and Crenshaw. My youngsters are within the native colleges. My enterprise is situated in Newberry. In case you have a difficulty, let’s sit down and discuss.
Please get out and vote on Sept. 8th. Thanks.”
Attain Andy Husk at 803-768-3117