Name: David S. Myers
Years living in area: 21
Family: Bridget Cashin, wife; James Myers, son; Amber Krabach, daughter; and three grandsons
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Education: High school graduate
Current occupation: Co-owner, Kigre Inc.
Current employer: None given
Previous employment: None given
Military history: None given
Volunteer history: None given
Public elected offices: None
Endorsements received: None listed
S.C. Ethics Commission statement of economic interests: Minority shareholder in Kigre Inc. (Hilton Head)
Campaign money raised: None, as of the candidate's last filing Oct. 7
Top three campaign contributors over past six months (amount): None reported1. Why should people vote for you?
The obvious difference between me and the other candidates is I've never been involved with politics of any kind, which gives me a unique perspective and allows me to make decisions geared toward the average person. Also, having participated in the operation of my family-owned business on Hilton Head for 21 years gives me a viewpoint more business-oriented than the other candidates and allows me to understand what it's like to manage a business on Hilton Head Island.
2. What are the three most important issues you would address if elected and how would you address them?
1. The cost of operating a business on Hilton Head Island has become too expensive. Reducing licensing fees and taxes based on income Hilton Head can help keep its existing small businesses from moving off island.
2. Public safety and crime prevention has become a problem in recent months with the influx of visitors, and I feel that an increase in police presence would curb this situation. It would be necessary to modify the contract with Beaufort County and increase the number of patrols in certain areas, and at certain times in order to accomplish this. Even though this is a seasonal occurrence, it's something that needs to be adjusted during the year to reduce the frequency of these unfortunate events.
3. Hilton Head must attract new businesses to the island to replace the establishments that have moved. By way of rewriting the Land Management Ordinances and working with the businesses to ensure a profitable and lasting relationship between the business and the town, Hilton Head Island should be able to attract more establishments to the island.
3. What other issues do you see as important?
The Town of Hilton Head Island government has become over-burdensome and needs to be reined in. The development department is a good example. Does the town really need that large a staff when the island is mostly built out?
4. What specific steps will you take to make government more open and accessible to the public?
By making myself more available to the general public and answering their questions on a person-to-person basis, giving everyone an opportunity to participate in the decision-making process.
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?
Some people think that I have another agenda and that I will gain personally by becoming mayor. The only way I can benefit from this endeavor is to improve life for everyone on Hilton Head Island, thereby improving life for myself.