Name: Donnie Ann Beer
Years living in area: 40
Family: Russell Lee Beer, husband; children 48 and 50; three grandchildren, 16, 18 and one who is 23 and a medic serving in Afghanistan
Education: High school graduate
Current occupation: Retired
Previous employment: I worked at Fort Jackson as a civilian employee from 1966-1968. I was the first female and civilian to work for an Army brigade. From 1968 until we moved to Beaufort, I was a school cafeteria manager. I worked at Parris Island and have owned my own business. I worked in the city's water department for two years when city hall was located in the Carnegie Building, and I was a mortgage loan officer for 10 years.
Volunteer history: I am a past member of the Domestic Violence Coordination Council; Beaufort Human Society, now PALS (ex-officio); Zonta International, Area 2 Director for District 11, president, president-elect and board member; Rape Crisis Center board; Operation Good Neighbor; Beaufort Marine Institute board; board of directors of what was then the Greater Beaufort Chamber of Commerce; board of directors for Beaufort Business and Professional Women's Organization; president of the local club and vice president and president-elect on the state BPW Board and for 20 years I worked with the Beaufort Water Festival -- five years with the Pirettes and 15 years with the Miss Beaufort County Scholarship Pageant. I am a charter member and on the board of directors for Starbase and chairwoman of the Palmetto Service Center of the American Red Cross, as well as being on the Disaster Recovery and the Disaster Assistance teams. I am a charter member and treasurer of the Pigeon Point Neighborhood Watch, and for the past 18 years I have been a storyteller for the CAPA Ghost Tours. I am a graduate of Leadership Beaufort, Low Country Leadership Program and Leadership South Carolina.
Public elected offices: None
Any unsuccessful political campaigns: Lost bids for mayor in 2004 and 2008
Other political and government experience: I have worked for the federal, state and local governments. As a member of City Council, I served on the original Museum Advisory Commission, Development Advisory Committee and Intergovernmental Advisory Commission. I am presently serving as liaison on the Military Enhancement Committee and the Military Affairs Committee
Endorsements received: None at this point
S.C. Ethics Commission statement of economic interests: In statement filed Jan. 20, property at 2300 Wilson Drive worth $490,000 listed as potential conflict of interest; $6,200.12 listed as annual City Council salary from city of Beaufort; $30,072 listed as family income from Social Security
Campaign money raised: $1,250 filed as of Oct. 1
Top three campaign contributors over past six months (amount): $500 from John C. McFall of Santa Fe, N.M.; $500 from Kathleen A. McFall of Santa Fe, N.M.; other contributions not itemized
1. Why should people vote for you?
I have always dedicated myself to serve the all of the citizens of Beaufort. I have worked toward improving the quality of life in the city by supporting the improvements in the parks, the entrance to our city and the cleanup of our neighborhoods. I have worked with the different neighborhoods to establish effective and safer neighborhood watch groups. I have no hidden agenda, and if re-elected, I will continue to work for all of the citizens of Beaufort.
2. What are the three most important issues you would address if elected and how would you address them?
The fiscal health of the city. By working closely with the city staff that has continued to advise us and prepare us for the economic downturn before it was a reality. Due to their advice and support they have given, the city is in a good financial position to continue to give the level of service the citizens have come to expect and deserve. I will continue to support innovative and constructive methods to ensure our financial viability.
Support the continuing presence of Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort. With an asset such as the Marine Corps Air Station, which in its present size and mission brings in more than $617,000,000 dollars to our local economy, I will continue to work and support the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce in its efforts to keep the air station a valuable asset to the health of our economy. Especially since the specter of another Base Realignment and Closure has been mentioned in the papers.
To encourage the growth of new businesses. Work with staff and council to find ways to offer incentives to prospective businesses to choose Beaufort as their home base. Support and encourage new and highly technical educational opportunities both at the University of South Carolina Beaufort and the Technical College of the Lowcountry in order to provide the needed trained work force.
3. What other issues do you see as important?
The safety of our citizens. Continue to support the police and fire departments with new and innovative procedures that will give both departments new tools to ensure the health and safety of our citizens, as well as our police officers and firemen. I will continue to advocate for better security equipment, such as cameras in the commercial areas and parks.
4. What specific steps will you take to make government more open and accessible to the public?
I will continue the same transparency that is practiced by council and staff. I will follow the legal advice of our counsel as to what is allowed in executive sessions and ensure that is all that is discussed. I will continue to support the posting of our budget, minutes of our meetings and ordinances online making them assessable to all in the city. All of the city's business will continue to be open and available to everyone.
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 have never been convicted of a crime in any degree or disciplined by a professional licensing board or organization or had an ethics violation filed against me.
6. Have you ever filed for bankruptcy, been delinquent on your federal, state or local taxes? If so, please give the details.
I have never filed for bankruptcy or been delinquent on federal, state or local taxes.
7. Are there any personal details about yourself that voters would be interested in knowing?