Candidates for Awendaw Town Council

3 Council Seats

Bryan McNeal Jr.

Age: 51

Family: Wife, Benzina; two sons and a daughter.

Education: Mortuary School.

Occupation: Owner of W.M. Smith-McNeal Funeral Home.

Political history: Awendaw Town Council (2003-present).

Why I’m qualified: “I was born and raised in Awendaw and would like to continue to see the quality of life improve with some small growth.”

Goals if elected: “Create more jobs and maybe attract small businesses to our area.”

Contact information: wmsbmc2@aol.com; 722-3676 (w).

Bettye J. Simmons

Age: 48

Family: Single, one daughter.

Education: Attended Lincoln High School, Farah’s Beauty College.

Occupation: Founder, CEO of Awendaw Regional Outreach Center.

Political history: Awendaw Town Council (2009-present)

Why I’m qualified: “In addition to working for Detyens Shipyards, Inc. for nine years, Mount Pleasant Waterworks for eight years and Central Payment for three years. I am a licensed cosmetologists and Notary Public of South Carolina. In 2006 I was honored by Cambridge Who’s Who Honors Edition for successful operation of an online boutique.”

Goals if elected: “I will continue to work as a team with my fellow council members in achieving a sustainable water system, encourage growth without destroying the rural character. Improve roads and ditches, repair septic systems.”

Contact: 437-7040 ; bettyejay@msn.com.; www.bettyesimmons.com

LeeAnn Reigart

Age: 56.

Family: Husband, Jay; two sons and a daughter.

Education: Appalachian State, BS; University of South Carolina – AD in Nursing.

Occupation: Transplant nurse with Medical University of South Carolina.

Political history: None.

Why I’m qualified: “My care for the community of Awendaw and a strong desire to serve. My daily life experiences as a nurse and my upbringing in a small South Carolina town give me a vision for the future of my town.”

Goals if elected: “Create a monthly newsletter to communicate town business, job openings and other community needs. Identify affordable health services available to Awendaw.”

Contact information: 442-5114; lareigart@tds.net; www.LeeAnn Reigart.com

Tim Penninger

Penninger declined to provide his information.