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Griggs throws his hat into Walterboro race

Dewey Griggs is vying for council seat. Photo by Rick Tobin.

Dewey Griggs is vying for council seat. Photo by Rick Tobin.

Walterboro resident Dewey Griggs has announced his intention to seek a seat on Walterboro City Council in the upcoming May 28 Municipal Election.

Griggs, 67 years old, is running on a platform designed to try to somewhat moderate the city’s government. “I feel as if the city should continue in an effort to provide a more business-friendly atmosphere,” Griggs said. “I want city council to be a true servant to the community. Council members need to understand that they need to respond to the wants and needs of the citizens of Walterboro.”

Griggs said that, if elected, he would help to move in a forward direction. “I believe that there are opportunities that the city can obtain by following the state government’s lead in being open minded to more approaches in trying to get businesses and industries to locate here. It is also important that council members support existing businesses in order to help promote their growth.” Griggs also firmly believes that Walterboro’s City Council needs to be more proactive in their encouragement of business development while maintaining a sound financial basis.

“If I’m elected, I will maintain an open-door policy to all the citizens of Walterboro, and, with an open mind, will listen to what they have to say and actually try to solve any issues that they may have. I want to be their voice on council,” Griggs said.

A native of Hartsville, Griggs has been living in Walterboro’s Forest Hills subdivision for the past nine years. He attended Clemson College, then served six years in the United States Navy’s U.S. Submarines division. After getting out of the service, Griggs enrolled at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, where he graduated with a degree in finance.

Griggs spent 35 years within the field of banking, and is currently a real estate investor. He was also the former Chief Executive Officer of ACOM Link Call Center/Web Hosting for four years.

Griggs is currently a member of the Colleton County Board of Disabilities and Special Needs, and is a board member of the Colleton County Arts Council. He also serves as treasurer of the Downtown Walterboro Criterium Committee. He is also a member of St. Jude’s Episcopal Church.

Griggs is the past president of the Lowcountry Sertoma Club and the Walterboro Civitan’s Club. He has also served on the board of the former Dogwood Hills Country Club.