I’ve known Chuck Smith personally for 25 years. Together, we founded what is now known as North Augusta 2000/Forward, an organization designed to advance North Augusta’s economy through the cooperation of businesses and the community.
Since its beginning in 2000, Chuck and I have created successful initiatives that improved our education system, distributed nearly 100,000 books to Aiken County families in need, and promoted North Augusta’s business opportunities, as well as parks and recreation. We’ve raised millions of dollars which have gone directly back to the quality of life of this city.
Chuck Smith and I had a vision for North Augusta. We saw the gaps in our community and worked hard to unite businesses under a common goal. Chuck and I worked tirelessly to create wholesale economic growth in North Augusta and the surrounding communities. Now, he wants to expand his vision to all of Aiken County.
Chuck has an unparalleled record of promoting the well being of Aiken County and its citizens. He personally traveled to Washington D.C. to fight the Department of Energy and give Aiken County and its citizens the compensation they deserved.
He worked hard to bring in MOX facilities and Bridgestone Industries, which brought billions of dollars and thousands of jobs. He is currently the Chairman of Energy Communities Alliance which is composed of all member communities who have a DOE facility.
He is often in Washington and around the country working on behalf of missions for SRS. Chuck has already done immeasurable good for Aiken County, just as a member of the Council.
Chuck Smith has shown time and time again that he sees the long term, the big picture. His support for Project Jackson helped launch the development that will be the foundation of North Augusta’s economic and quality of life renaissance. Already, Chuck is working to bring cyber growth to Aiken County and expand SRS.
Aiken County needs a Chairman who can keep us moving forward. A Chairman who keeps his eyes on the future, even while present circumstances seem uneventful.
While I respect all of the candidates for Aiken County Chairman, I will vote for Chuck Smith in the coming election. His record is exemplary, his vision is inspiring, and I believe he can create economic opportunities for Aiken County in the coming years.