Show up Greenville
Wednesday, August 5, 2015on
In the midst of the Presidential campaign season, you might have missed the news that a very important election is happening on Tuesday, August 11th: Greenville City Council. With issues like gentrification, economic development, a huge new downtown park, and highly trafficked roadways, if you live or own a business in the City of Greenville, this is an election that you’ll want to show up for. Tuesday’s Republican primary election is critical because there are no Democrats on the ballot this November, making this the de facto election. You need to do your own research and learn about the candidates, but here’s a little about who’s running, and links to how you can find out more about each candidate (you can also read a bit more about them here): District 1: Amy Ryberg Doyle, Republican (Incumbent) Amy Ryberg Doyle is the two-term incumbent for district 1, and was elected in 2007. Amy is a successful entrepreneur, who has helped to launch several online businesses, including ivillage, Fidelity Investments, and Ingredients.com, Inc. Ryberg Doyle was named to Greenville Business Magazine’s 50 Most Influential People of 2013 for her ongoing role in the revitalization of Stone Avenue. She has said that she would like for more economic development to come to the Stone Avenue/Wade Hampton area. You can learn more about Amy Ryberg Doyle on the Greenville City Website, or on her Facebook page and website. Bob Beam, Republican Bob Beam is the Chief Financial Officer at JWS Distributing, a building products company, and a resident of the North Main Community. He has been most vocal on the city’s infill ordinance and his positions on responsible development in the city of Greenville. Beam has also said that he would like Council to take measures to improve Wade Hampton Boulevard. You can learn more about Bob on his Facebook page. At Large Seat Susan Reynolds, Republican (Incumbent) Susan Reynolds is the two-term incumbent for the At Large seat, elected in 2007. She has lived in Greenville her whole life, and owned a dress shop, Alley Cat, on Augusta Road for 20 years. Susan serves on the Board of Directors for the S.C. Technology and Aviation Center, and is also the city liaison for the Greenville Housing Authority, and has served on a number of other boards and commissions while living in Greenville. Susan has been vocal about fixing the City’s aging sewer system, and also wants to take a look at how Greenville attracts and keeps businesses. You can learn about Susan Reynolds on the Greenville City website, or check out her Facebook page and website. George Fletcher, Republican George Fletcher has spent most of his career here in Greenville as a professional engineer, and most recently served as the Executive Director of the SC Council of Competitiveness. Fletcher has served on a number of community boards and commissions, including chairing the Greenville Chamber of Commerce and the United Way of Greenville County. George Fletcher says that he believes his business experience and community involvement will foster the city’s economic development. You can learn more about George Fletcher on his website and Facebook page. Gil Crouse Gil Crouse is a Vietnam War Veteran, and has experience in the hotel and restaurant industry. He now works at a company that recruits executives for engineering and manufacturing firms. Crouse has said that he is most concerned about overdevelopment of the City, and wants the Council to focus more on neighborhood programs and community. He believes that strong neighborhoods help to build successful, thriving cities. We searched and were unable to find a website or Facebook page for Crouse. In addition to these five candidates, Jil Littlejohn is running unopposed as a Democrat in District 3, and Knox White is running unopposed for another term as Mayor. Don't forget to vote on TUESDAY, AUGUST 11th! Click here to view the list of polling places.