Pickens commission chair candidates keep it "classy"
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The commission chair debate between candidates Kris Stancil (R) and David Shouse (I) proved to be civil on the part of both candidates as well as members of the public, who were invited to ask questions from the floor. The most heated portion was in response to a question about Stancil’s involvement with JeepFest.
During closing statements, Shouse, who had apparently expected a more fiery exchange, said he would change his final comment because discourse had remained “classy.”
The event was held at the Pickens County Administration Building and was hosted by the Pickens Progress. Stancil, who has a history of public service with law enforcement and other entities like the Pickens Chamber of Commerce and churches, emphasized in opening and closing statements that relationship building and working together with other community leaders is “key for us to be able to move forward.” He sees Pickens as being on the “brink of incredible things” with “great opportunities in front of us.”
Shouse, a developer who has many commercial properties, highlighted his ability to think outside the box, “roll up his sleeves and work,” and negotiate with businesses and leaders to bring meaningful projects and improvements to the community. He wants to use his development background as a way to improve the county and “lay a successful foundation” for its future. He entered the race because “Pickens County needed a real change.”
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