Name: Mary McGrier Amonitti
Years living in area: 10
Family: Dr. George J. Amonitti, husband; blended family of five grown children.
Education: Emma Maddox Elementary School, Ware Shoals; Brewer High School, Greenwood; Harcum College, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania (business management studies); Villanova University, Villanova, Pa. (business management studies); Temple University Real Estate University, Philadelphia, Pa. (real estate license); University of South Carolina Beaufort (Quick Books); certificates include best practices in health care practices; dementia specialist, state of S.C.; human resources; insurance, state of Pennsylvania; cosmetology (manicuring), Pennsylvania; notary public, S.C.
Current occupation: Marketing representative
Current employer: New Generations Home Care; home office for Florence company
Previous employment: Over 30 years business management experience in PR, sales and marketing, small-business consulting, real estate, health care, human resources, operations, law enforcement communications
Military history: None
Volunteer history: (South Carolina only) Nine years as host of Lowcountry View with Mary Amonitti, WHHI TV; commissioner, Congressional District 2, vice chairwoman S.C. Commission for Minority Affairs since 2005; advisory board member SCANA Corp; president Queens Grant V Regime; Lowcountry Community Church facilitator for Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University; commissioner, Planning Commission Town of Hilton Head Island; advisory board member Salvation Army of the Lowcountry; graduate Leadership Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce Class of 2003; board member, Lowcountry CDC; board member Project Sewer Access For Everyone; member of Hilton Head Island Realtors Association (founder and first chairwoman of Affordable Housing Committee); board member of Hilton Head Area Habitat for Humanity; member, Hilton Head-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce Small Business Coalition; chairwoman, Beaufort County Black Chamber of Commerce; Junior Achievement facilitator; president, Republican Women of Southern Beaufort County
Public elected offices: None
Other political and government experience: Not provided
Any unsuccessful political campaigns: Representative, 154th Legislative District, Pennsylvania, 1998
Endorsements received: Not provided
S.C. Ethics Commission statement of economic interests: None disclosed
Campaign money raised: $550 from individual contributions, as of the candidate's last filing July 20
Top three campaign contributors over past six months (amount): $200 from James and Jane Wedgeworth (Hilton Head); $125 from Charles and Nan Strauch (Hilton Head); $100 from the Committee to Elect Mary Amonitti (Hilton Head)
1. Why should people vote for you?
My proven leadership ability, active involvement in the community and commitment to serve the entire community. Diverse business and civic successes. My involvement and participation in the community. Ability to work well with the entire community and make sound decisions when called upon. My work within the region, as well as statewide. Proven, strong leadership.
2. What are the three most important issues you would address if elected and how would you address them?
1. Economic development. Jobs. Seek initiatives that will attract new and diverse businesses and give current businesses a reason to remain, expand and create jobs on Hilton Head Island. Give preference to local business where at all possible. Participate in coalition-building throughout the region. Draw from the massive "local brain trust" in our area instead of running out to hire more consultants. Bring businesses and prospective investors together to form a vision for successful businesses on Hilton Head Island. Work closer with the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce and its members to stimulate this initiative, as well as surrounding municipalities.
2. Redevelopment. Improve incentives to help revitalize our infrastructure to encourage renewal of our tired, old structures. Maintain our building codes while streamlining the LMO process. Create a business-friendly environment for those companies who wish to expand, while protecting the charm and character of the island. Work closely with PSDs, utilities and technology providers to ensure that we are ready. Examples of commercial areas needing redeveloping: Coligny, Shelter Cove Mall and Northridge Shopping, just to name a few. Educate the community/council members and staff with regard to "Aging In Place" concepts.
3. Environment. The beauty of nature is what has inspired people the most about coming to Hilton Head Island, to visit and to live. It is crucial that we protect the environment by being good stewards of our God-given gifts. Continue to identify and preserve open natural spaces. Put into effect good practices such as recycling, green developing and redeveloping. Continue Project Sewer Access for Everyone. Remove and replace rotten and damaged trees, especially in dense populated areas where residents and visitors live and move about the island. Again work with PSDs to ensure safe drinking water and help retard saltwater intrusion. Create incentive for "green development and redevelopment."
3. What other issues do you see as important?
Affordable housing alternatives; one island, many neighborhoods and cultures; town budget; airport; beaches; jobs; tourism -- world-class destination
4. What specific steps will you take to make government more open and accessible to the public?
Be accessible to all. Provide more community forums on issues coming before the council. Better relationship with the Chamber of Commerce. Quarterly forum with constituents. Be visible in our schools to get our young people interested and involved.
5. Have you ever been convicted of a crime (felony), been disciplined by a professional licensing board or organization or had an ethics violation filed against you? If so, please give details.
6. Have you ever filed for bankruptcy, been delinquent on your federal, state or local taxes? If so, please give the details.
Never filed for bankruptcy. Have filed for extension on taxes.
7. Are there any personal details about yourself that voters would be interested in knowing?
I was born and raised in South Carolina, the 15th of 18 children on a farm until my teenage years. Multi-cultural. First to graduate from high school. Worked and attended college at night. Loving wife, mother and grandmother. True friend. Loves everyone. Love the Lord and our country. Dedicated to helping others. Create specialty arts and crafts. Will serve with honor on Town Council for Ward 4.