It's not often that we can look at someone's history and see exactly how they have acted in our favor. Most of the time, it involves combing through numerous records of events and revisiting events that were too unnoticed to even be in the newspaper. With Chuck Smith, however, he has done so much for Aiken County as a councilman that it doesn't take much at all to see what he's done for us.
MOX facilities and Bridgestone manufacturing are two sites alone that have created thousands of jobs and created billions of dollars of investment for Aiken County residents. Chuck Smith not only fought to keep them a part of Aiken County, he also recommended selling Mattie Hall, which created the seed money for the Bridgestone big tire facility.
When Blue Laws were keeping our stores closed on Sunday mornings and Aiken was losing money to Augusta, Chuck Smith was responsible for the resolution that changed the law to let stores open on Sunday morning. Every dollar that comes into the Aiken County budget on Sunday morning is all because of Chuck Smith.
When the Aiken County Council was on the verge of scrapping Project Jackson, one of the best economic initiatives and opportunities our city has ever seen, Chuck Smith vigorously defended and protected it. The day Riverside Village in Hammond's Ferry opens and brings in a sustainable income to the city and county, Chuck Smith will be one of the founders responsible.
All in all, Chuck Smith has increased almost all of the various revenue streams in Aiken County. And these aren't short term increases that come at a cost, like tax increases, they're methods that stand the test of time.
With over 15 years as a councilman, there are countless examples of why Chuck Smith is the best choice for Aiken County Council chairman. He has a long history of creating lasting success for Aiken County and has the leadership skills and vision to keep us moving forward.
Don't take my word for it, just look at his track record. Chuck Smith has proven his ability to lead Aiken County Council.
Please support Chuck Smith with your vote on Aug. 22.