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Election 2012: Simpsonville City Commission: Sharon Cummins

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Incumbent wants to watch over growth

By Steve Doyle

Sharon Cummins, who has spent most of her life as a resident of Simpsonville, is seeking a third term on the Simpsonville City Commission.

Cummins is one of five candidates for the four spots on the commission, to which she was elected in 2008. Elections are non-partisan and are held every two years, with the mayor elected to a 4-year term.

Cummins, 57, said she wants to continue to serve Simpsonville by managing its explosive growth in responsible manner. The city was the state’s second-fastest-growing in its class based on the 2010 census, now reaching nearly 4,000 residents, and with two outlet malls perhaps being built on its south side, that growth would be expected to continue aggressively in the next few years.

“I want to continue growth in Simpsonville without putting a burden on the residents of Simpsonville,” Cummins said in the campaign form she provided to The Sentinel-News. She said she wants “to continue to make Simpsonville a safe place to live, work and visit.”

She said she is proud of the fact that “someday, hopefully, we’ll have a Village Center here to attract people and make them want to live here. I’m not one of those against change. Change is inevitable. If you don’t go along with change, eventually the city is going to die out.

During her time on the commission, Cummins has served as roads commissioner and works closely with Public Works Manager Bryan Romine on issues involving pavement repairs and snow removal.

“When it snows, if I don’t see any action going on, I’ll call,” she said, laughing. “One time I rode around in the truck, too. I don’t know if anyone else has ever done that.”

Cummins, who is retired, graduated from Shelby County High School and the former Shelby County Vocational School. She has 4 children, 11 grand children and 5 great-grandchildren.

 

 

Simpsonville

City Commission

 

*Sharon Cummins

Michael Hesse

*Scott McDowell

*Cary Vowels

*Vicky Wise

 

* Incumbent