2006-08-02 / Front Page

BPW candidates into final week of campaigning

By LARRY HILLIARD Ledger Staff Writer larry@gaffneyledger.com

There will be something missing from this Gaffney Board of Public Works election that earmarked the 2004 campaign - animosity between the candidates.

"We're all friends," said Fred Keller, who is running against Alice Nance and Warren Bonner for the District 4 Board seat which became vacant when incumbent Brenda Earls announced she would not seek re-election. "There will be no mud slinging campaign."

Harsh words were rampant when Dan Lawrence challenged incumbent Grady Randolph in the most recent utility election.

This election will focus on issues, not personalities.

If elected, an issue at the top of Bonner's to-do list is discounts for senior citizens.

"I think seniors should have discounts on their rates because they are on fixed incomes," he said.

Bonner, 78, said he also is opposed to the Board's $40 fee to restore power.

Bonner, who is married with two children, previously served for one term on the commission.

"I think I can be a lot of service to the people of Gaffney," said Bonner, who owns an insurance and a farm/lawn equipment company.

He's a Shriner and a member of the Lions Club.

Nance, 66, also would bring considerable experience to the job. She has worked at the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce and the Cherokee County Development Board.

"Having worked with the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce and the Cherokee County Development Board, I know the importance of industrial and residential customerbased services and I want to be able to help the Board of Public Works recruit and maintain good quality customers."

She will also fight for affordable rates, she said.

Nance is active in the community as the treasurer at Buford Street United Methodist Church and serves on the Limestone College Alumni Association Board of Directors.

Keller, who recently retired as the utility's Electrical Department superintendent, thinks his firsthand knowledge gives him the edge.

"I have worked directly with the people of Gaffney," Keller said. "I was always considered an hourly employee, so I had to abide by their rules. By working with the people of Gaffney, I know what their concerns are and what they want to change."

One change Keller wants to push through is with the utility's cutoff policy.

"The people who get cut off are usually the same ones every month," Keller said. "Maybe (it's because) their Social Security check comes after the cutoff date."

Keller, who is married to Ann Moseley, is also a member of Buford Street United Methodist Church.

"If elected, my goal will be to provide the most reliable utility services at the most affordable rates possible," he said.

The Board election is Tuesday, Aug. 8. There will not be a runoff.

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