Name: Bill Ferguson
Years living in area: 62
Family: Linda Ferguson, wife, (teacher for Beaufort County School District); Roger, son, (hotel management); Jamila, daughter (graduate of Wake Forest University); Willie D., son, (firefighter, EMT and paramedic, Town of Hilton Head Island); Kesi, daughter (sophomore at the University of South Carolina); seven grandchildren.
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Education: University of South Carolina Beaufort; San Francisco State University; San Jose City College; Cabrillo College (courses of study include certified master gardener via Clemson Extension Service, political science, golf and anthropology); Michael C. Riley High School.
Current occupation: Retired/Town Councilman
Employment and military background: Served in Vietnam; front-office management and food and beverage operations management; established the landscape company "The Island Gardner," Ferguson Community Development Company and Original Islanders (a nonprofit organization).
Volunteer and public service background: In 1993, elected Ward 1 councilman and has served on several town committees, including the Planning and Development Standards Committee (chairman), Personnel Committee, Public Facilities Committee; also served on the Public Safety Committee, Lowcountry Council of Governments and Parks and Recreation Task Force.
Endorsements received: None listed
Public elected offices: Ward 1 councilman
S.C. Ethics Commission statement of economic interests: None reported
Campaign money raised: None reported
Top three campaign contributors over past six months (amount): None reported
1. Why should people vote for you?
I am a native islander with nearly 17 years of service as a Town councilman to Hilton Head Island. I have been involved in political and civil rights activities for over 55 years and have a vast knowledge of our political system from the view point of a local citizen.
2. What are the three most important issues you would address if elected and how would you address them?
If elected I would:
A. Reorganize our current council/manager form of government.
B. Re-prioritize our council's goals to include more low- to moderate-income and middle-class citizens' needs.
C. Place a higher priority on revenue-producing projects that will decrease local taxes and cost-of-living expenses.
3. What other issues do you see as important?
A. involve a combination of various citizens age groups and expertise to participate in the decision-making processes of our island; B. assist in the educational process of citizens that will enable us to be more productive in island affairs and operations; C. produce and encourage more high tech, resort operations and businesses that will be stable and profitable.
4. What specific steps will you take to make government more open and accessible to the public?
The steps that I will take to make government more open and accessible to the public would be to reinforce and empower our property owners associations and our community/citizens organizations to work with our elected officials, local, county, state and national representatives to bring desired and needed adjustments and changes to our laws.
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.
I was fined $100 for a late filing of state ethics forms.
6. Have you ever filed for bankruptcy, been delinquent on your federal, state or local taxes? If so, please give the details.
A tax lien was placed on my home due to property taxes not being paid on time. The state of South Carolina sent my property tax bills and notices to the previous owners of my home.
7. Are there any personal details about yourself that voters would be interested in knowing?
I am a Vietnam veteran. I studied political science, radio and television broadcasting and announcing. I play golf, enjoy singing and I am a Christian. I am against bigotry, segregation, racism and confederate idealism. I am opposed to people who practice and promote divisiveness among God's people.