Name: Kimberlee Kolton
Years living in area: 3
Family: Emma Kolton Whaley, 26
Education: John Hopkins School of Nursing (RN), Emmanuel College (BA history), Simmons College School of Social Work (MSW), Smith College School of Social Work PhD Program (ABD)
Current occupation/employer: Retired
Previous employment: Hospice S.W. Beaufort (1 year); grant coordinator; SAMHSA Grant 1.3 million, develops mental-health services for home-bound geriatric patients with severe mental illness (one year); Boston staff of six; private practice (three years), children 3-12 years old and adult clients and trauma histories; forensic evaluations and testimony Cope Cod, Mass.; Collaborative Care (seven years), vice president and COO of 17 number and patient behavioral health group, offices in five towns, negotiates 15 HMO contracts, first private practice group to have contract and state Medicaid administrator, worked closely at DSS, housing, volunteer programs, battered women's shelter; director, Center for Health and Human Services (1.5 years), Hyannis, Mass., oversaw office of 15, provided clinical supervisor and wrote budget, tracked billing, etc.
Private practice, Westwood, Mass. (6 years), general behavioral health children, adolescents and adults, worked at battered women's shelters, local hospitals and doctors; Tuft New England Mental Health Center (5 years), South Boston, worked in community programs, policy courts, Asian community, schools; Head nurse and nursing supervisor at Boston State Hospital (4 years), ward administrator, 10 staff members on unit, unit was locked; Boston visiting nurse association (2.5 years), maternal, postpartum, well baby, health teaching, follow up post hospitalized inner city area.
Volunteer history: Together Beaufort; Early Education Working Group; Beaufort Memorial Hospital meal delivery
Military history: None listed
Public elected offices: None
Any unsuccessful political campaigns: None
Other political and government experience: None
Endorsements received: None listed
S.C. Ethics Commission statement of economic interests: Nothing to disclose on statement filed Oct. 1
Campaign money raised: Nothing filed as of Oct. 1
Top three campaign contributors over past six months (amount): Nothing filed as of Oct. 1
1. Why should people vote for you?
While some people might see this as a drawback, I feel my relative newness is an asset. New eyes can bring new perspective, energy and solutions to issues. My professional education, experience, management skills and ability to function as a team member would add a depth of perspective and balance to the city council. This is needed to represent the people of Beaufort in a manner that will add to their quality of life. I am able to listen, access information, and problem solve in creative ways that utilize programs and services often already in place.
2. What are the three most important issues you would address if elected and how would you address them?
A volunteer clearing house which would take advantage of the rich diversity and experience of the population of Beaufort. This would be different than the United Way. It may be possible to include it with Together for Beaufort.
Term limits. There seems to be current diverse opinions about this on the current council. This would be a major change, which would need to be dealt with sensitively to reach consensus within the council and the voters.
The Northwest Quadrant project. This area is central to what makes Beaufort special. I would like to see Beaufort become an open air classroom for preservation and construction skills, which would improve the work force as well as improve the area.
3. What other issues do you see as important?
Increasing tourism; encourage business downtown; decrease replication of services; education about existing programs when appropriate for council involvement. Internally, an efficient collaborative council to decide policy which the town manager can implement.
4. What specific steps will you take to make government more open and accessible to the public?
Encourage citizen attendance. Educate people about where to go with their concerns that will get them results. Go door to door asking how people think city government is working for them. Letters to editor. Coffee/sweet tea hours.
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 the 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?
My stepfather was a pilot in SAC and we were stationed in the South. I could have moved anywhere, but I am sure I've made the right decision. In order to prepare myself for this election, I have met 25 community leaders, program directors and city employees. People have been very generous with their time, information, suggestions.