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Shaniece Criss: 194
Robert Rattray - 117
(Both precincts reporting. Results not certified. Does not count write-in votes.)
TRAVELERS REST, S.C. — The city of Travelers Rest will hold a special election on Tues., March 20, 2018, to fill the unexpired term of councilmember Brandy Amidon, who was recently elected mayor or Travelers Rest. Find out more about the two candidates, Shaniece Criss and Robert Rattray, below.
Bio: "I am a native of Greenville, SC and graduated from Southside High School and the Fine Arts Center. At the age of 18, I left my hometown to complete college (Oglethorpe University), graduate school (Harvard University and Emory University), and to launch my public health career in Atlanta, Boston, and Guyana, South America. My background has provided me expertise in leading community projects and developing policy. After 18 years away, my husband and I discussed where we wanted to raise our family, and Travelers Rest was at the top of our list. Currently, I am a Furman University faculty member and a public health consultant. My recent service in the community includes: TR Municipal Election Commission, Greenville County Human Relations Commission, and the YMCA Youth in Government & Teen Achievers Board. My family loves living in Travelers Rest, and you will often find us enjoying local parks, restaurants, shops, and community events in downtown TR. We also like serving together in our church."
Why I'm Running: "Since childhood, it has been important to me to listen to others and act on their behalf. From observing me, my grandmother said that I would be a public servant one day. I am committed to serving the Travelers Rest community. After talking to residents and business owners, I want to ensure that our town maintains its charming character and community connection. My focus is on: 1) strategic growth that supports local businesses and upholds our small-town character, 2) safe walking and biking to promote health, 3) advocating for local community-building initiatives, and 4) engagement with Greenville County administration concerning fiscal issues and policies that affect our town. I am available to discuss issues with you, so please feel free to call or text me at (864) 660-3545. I would greatly appreciate your vote and support on March 20th."
Find out more about Shaniece online: https://www.facebook.com/CrissForTravelersRest/
Bio: "I grew up in Vero Beach, Florida. I first moved to the Greenville area in 1983 to attend Bob Jones University. After Graduating with a degree in Financial Management, I began my career in Greenville with Dun & Bradstreet where I met my wife, Karen. I joined Michelin in 1996 and have enjoyed working with one of the world’s greatest brands ever since. I am currently the North American Financial Controller of B2B business lines which includes managing, creating, forecasting and explaining expense budgets in the hundreds of millions of dollars and sales budgets in the billions of dollars. Other positions with Michelin have included negotiating multi-million dollar contracts; coordinating revenue generating activities with a major United States National Park and consulting and educational activities with our customers which were focused on helping them thru sales growth issues, expansion programs, forecasting and managing thru cash flow difficulties. Team work has always played a critical role in my professional and personal life.
Karen and I have two amazing children (Brooke and Brandon) who were lucky enough to attend the schools in Travelers Rest and a grandson-Connor. Each of my children is now headed toward their own careers in Nursing and Law. Growing up in a single parent home, I was blessed with an amazingly strong mother who always made ends meet and never let us see her sweat. Both she and my wife have been large influences in my life. I am grateful to God for them and any success I have enjoyed in my life."
Why I'm Running: "Since moving to Travelers Rest in 2000, my family has benefited from Travelers Rest’s great schools, wonderful teachers, new parks and courageous entrepreneurs willing to take a risk by investing in our town. I’ve also enjoyed an excellent career with a world class company where I’ve gained invaluable business and financial skills. I feel strongly that I want to give something back to TR and believe I’m uniquely positioned to contribute. I think everyone should be engaged with their community and giving time, talents and service are some of the best ways to give back in my opinion. I hope to utilize my experience to ensure that our city maintains its small town atmosphere and that our local businesses thrive in our growing community. Our growth has presented many issues such as parking, housing and the growth’s impact on our residents. I believe that I can utilize my business and community experience to ensure that our future is properly managed and address these issues.
Travelers Rest has been a amazing place to live for the last 17 years and I hope to keep it that way. For me, this City Council position is not a stepping stone to further political aspirations. My reason for running is straight forward: I benefit from living in such a great town, due to God's direction in my life, I have acquired the skills to help manage the issues facing our town and I owe public service to the city of Travelers Rest because I live here. It is that simple. Thank you for your support and I ask for your vote on Tuesday March 20."
Find out more about Robert online: https://www.facebook.com/Robert-Rattray-for-Travelers-Rest-City-Council-712577955774230
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