Newcomer joins incumbents in town election
An hour before the filing period for the town municipal election closed Friday, a newcomer filed for candidacy.
John C. “Corbitt” Hinson has filed to run for the District 3 seat on Town Council.
Hinson is joining all of the incumbents whose positions are up for reelection on the ballot: Councilman Aaron Brown, District 1; Councilman Walter Bailey, District 3; Councilwoman Kima Garten-Schmidt, District 5; and Commissioner of Public Works George Tupper.
Hinson, an attorney with the State, has lived in Summerville for seven years and during that time has singled out property value as a major issue in his district.
He cites problems such as sidewalks, gutters and vacant lots as areas of concern.
“If you let things begin to look shabby it has an affect on people’s view and an area’s image. You can lose property value, and that’s really my major concern and hence my candidacy,” he said.
While he doesn't have any local experience, Hinson was a part of local government when he lived in Grand Rapids, Mich., and worked on neighborhood improvement there.
“The feeling in Grand Rapids was that everything that could be done should be done by government to support private owners,” he said.
Hinson also cited the council’s availability as another issue he would hope to address if elected. He said he doesn’t know anybody who lives in his district who’s ever run into a member of Town Council on the street. He also said his councilman, Walter Bailey, is not responsive to complaints or emails.
Hinson admits he’s never attended a Town Council meeting.
When asked why someone should vote for him, Hinson added that it’s the little things that matter the most.
“I’m looking to provide basic services,” Hinson said. “If you’re not attending the base things, then what are you doing? I just don’t understand. Maybe [Councilman Bailey and I] have two different sets of priorities or values, but that’s just my view.”
In response, Councilman Bailey simply said, “It’s a free country, he’s welcome to file and we’ll see what happens.”
Those wishing to vote in the Nov. 5 election must register by Oct. 5. On Election Day, the polls will be open from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. To find your area polling place, visit www.dorchestervotes.org.