West Columbia Councilwoman Casey Hallman is seeking re-election as the District Three representative.
“I have a strong commitment of service to the city,” Hallman said. “I take great pride in my job as an educator and city council member. My career has been dedicated to children and their well-being and improvement.
“Ten years ago when I first ran for city council I saw an opportunity to serve my community in another light. I have worked very hard to address all citizens who have concerns and suggestions. Together, we have improved many aspects of the city.
“As a council member I was asked to be one of the community members for the School Improvement Council at Brookland-Cayce High School for several years. This provided a way for the city to interact with our youth. We also have been able to help fund two school resource officers at the two elementary schools in the city with help from Lexington County School District Two. This partnership has helped to protect our children and has made our neighborhoods safer.
“I have served on the School Improvement Council at Busbee Creative Arts Academy as well. Due to my leadership skills, I have been able to mentor students from Brookland-Cayce and Airport High School with the Teacher Cadet Program over the years and have also been a coaching teacher for interns from Columbia College and the University of South Carolina.
“Recently, I joined the Cayce-West Columbia Rotary Club and I was drawn to this organization because of their motto, ‘service above self.’ I truly enjoy community service and projects that help improve our community. I enjoy citywide clean-up days and the Adopt-A-Highway program with the Rotary Club. My husband and I have instilled the importance of assisting your community in our daughter, Marydavis, as well. She too participates in community service events.”
Among the issues Hallman still wants to address are steady and responsible growth, continued commercial development while respecting residential areas, preserving areas along State Street that are on the National Registry of Historic Places, continuing facade improvements, working to open a dog park, and maintaining the police and fire budgets while upgrading equipment.
Hallman is being challenged by Joe Fitzgerald. Hallman is hopeful she will get four more years to represent District Three.
“I have worked hard to promote partnerships within the city,” Hallman said. “I have worked to maintain a very positive partnership between the city, Lexington County School District Two, and Lexington County. I have also worked on the partnerships between our citizens and our local churches and places of worship.
In addition, I have formed many valuable relationships with our local business leaders because they have a stake in the development of our community as well. The citizens are, however, one of the greatest parts of the partnership.
One person alone won’t be able to solve all of our problems that we face as a community. It takes all of us as a collective whole to better our neighborhoods. If you have concerns, ideas, and suggestions in your neighborhood, call me and let’s discuss them. I want to help make you feel safe and happy in your home. I truly believe that with positive, effective partnerships we can make forward progress together.”
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