Name: Terry Conway
Years living in area: No response given
Family: Barbara Conway, wife; three grown children, one a resident of Hilton Head Island
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Education: Bachelor of science in accounting, Minnesota State University, Mankato, Minn., 1967; MSA in business financial management, George Washington University, Washington, D.C., 1980; CPA certificates issued by South Carolina and Virginia
Current occupation/employer: Owner, Terence J. Conway, CPA, PA
Previous employment: Self-employed CPA, Reston, Va., 1987-1991; senior manager, American Express Tax and Business Services, Vienna, Va., 1991-1998; director of finance, St. Francis By the Sea Catholic Church, 2000-2003; director of administration and finance, St. Francis By the Sea Catholic Church, 2003-2010; self-employed, Terence J. Conway, CPA, Hilton Head Island, 1999 to present
Military history: U.S. Air Force accounting and finance officer, 1967-1971; systems accountant, Air Force Accounting and Finance Center, Denver Colo., 1971-1977; systems accountant, Office of Air Force Comptroller, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C., 1977-1980; senior systems accountant, Office of Comptroller, Department of Defense, the Pentagon, Washington D.C., 1980-1987
Volunteer history: Hilton Head Concours d' Elegance volunteer each year except 2009 (was traveling); treasurer, the Dolphin Project, a scientific abundance survey sponsored by the University of Georgia, which studies the population numbers and activities of the bottle nose dolphin, 2005-2008; Hilton Head Plantation Property Owners Association Newcomers Club -- president, 1999; finance committee, 2000; board of directors treasurer, 2001; board of directors vice president and president, 2002; board of directors president, 2003; nominating committee, 2002-present; security committee, 2007-present
Public elected offices: None listed
Any unsuccessful political campaigns: Hilton Head Island Town Council Ward 2 special election to fill unexpired term of Bill Mottel. Lost spot in runoff by 1 vote.
Endorsements received: Charlie Cherrix, former president, Hilton Head Plantation Property Owners Association; Paul Kopelchek , former president, Hilton Head Plantation Property Owners Association; Dick Sell, former president, Hilton Head Plantation Property Owners Association; Tom Hoppin, former president, Hilton Head Plantation Property Owners Association; Richard Haroff, former president, Hilton Head Plantation Property Owners Association; Dick Waltz, former president, Hilton Head Plantation Property Owners Association; Frank Wilcher, former president, Hilton Head Plantation Property Owners Association
S.C. Ethics Commission statement of economic interests: None disclosed
Campaign money raised: $250 from individual contributions and $300 from the candidate, as of the candidate's last filing Aug. 16
Top three campaign contributors over past six months (amount): $250 from Priscilla Dement (Hilton Head)
Other political and government experience: x
1. Why should people vote for you?
Twelve years experience serving the residents of Ward 2 through various positions within the Hilton Head Plantation Property Owners Association. A vision for Hilton Head Island that is synchronous with the core values of its residents. This entails preservation of the charms that attracted us all to settle here ourselves. An independent spirit that is not associated with any special agenda, person or organization.
2. What are the three most important issues you would address if elected and how would you address them?
The airport. I support the extension of the runway to whatever length is necessary, as long as it stays within the existing footprint of the airport. A viable airport serving both commercial and general aviation aircraft is vital to preservation of the "brand" of Hilton Head Island. Expansion outside current boundaries forces us into a morass of litigation and funding problems.
Public safety. The town could do more to attend to the public safety concerns of residents and visitors. Many factors affect this, including safe night lighting, adequate street signage, effective roadway design, and violence from bars that never seem to close. We fail in our responsibility for responsible stewardship when we both tolerate and encourage development and conditions that make us look more like Myrtle Beach than what we tell everyone we really are.
Responsible redevelopment. Many of the facilities on the island are starting to look shabby. Some of this results from economic hard times, but not all. The town has not kept up with the changing environment created by build-out of island and failed to focus on maintaining what we have. The LMO makes it difficult to make small improvements without redoing entire buildings, so nothing is done and buildings continue to deteriorate. The LMO should be written in clear text format so people can understand it without a panel of experts.
3. What other issues do you see as important?
Loss of a certain sense of community. We seem to pit group against group -- young working families, retired people and island visitors. We need to develop an understanding that we are all in a small community on one island and better understand our interdependence on each other. Opportunities should be addressed in a spirit of cooperation, rather than with animosity and mistrust.
4. What specific steps will you take to make government more open and accessible to the public?
Except in the case of confidential personnel, legal and contractual matters, Town Council could be more open in explaining why decisions are made. This could be done through the website with explanations of the background that leads up to a decision by the council. Individual committees could be more open with regard to deliberations that resulted in a recommendation to the council. Posted council minutes give very little detail regarding reasons for ordinance changes and other issues where deliberations are conducted outside a regular or special meeting.
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.
7. Are there any personal details about yourself that voters would be interested in knowing?
Married for 43 years to Barbara; I have two sons and one daughter, who is a resident of Hilton Head Island. I also have three grandchildren.