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Sitting Cottageville councilmen say yes to re-election bid

Two of Cottageville’s sitting council members who are up for re-election will both seek a second term to their respective seats.
Incumbent councilmen Chuck Hudson and Yvonne Alvarado have each sat on council for about three years. Alvarado has focused on town revitalization and beautification, while Hudson has volunteered on the town’s emergency preparedness committee.
Theirs are the only two seats up for grabs on Cottageville’s Town Council. The nonpartisan town election will be on the November general election ballot.
Filing for the town’s municipal election opened at noon on August 16th; however, both Hudson and Alvarado confirmed on Sunday their plans to file and run for re-election.
Hudson says he spent his first term on council “learning and absorbing,” and is now ready to become more aggressive in making “small changes,” he said.
“It’s a fine town and I’m blessed to be here,” he said, speaking of Cottageville and his desire to run again for office. “If you go into something wide open that you don’t know anything about, you look like a fool. But if you learn as you go, and take it all in, and then you voice your opinion, then you’re educated.”
If re-elected, Hudson says he wants to continue upgrading the town’s readiness for emergencies. He is currently working with the town’s police chief and other leaders to prepare for this year’s hurricane season, he said. He also wants to focus on turning the town’s old elementary school gymnasium into a structure that the town’s residents can use, he said.
This ongoing project has been a part of the town council’s discussions for the last four years.
“I am pushing forward to deliver to the town what we promised years ago, and that is to make the gym usable for the town’s residents,” said Hudson. “I want us to actually do something we say we are going to do.”
Since she was first elected, Alvarado has worked to build the town’s recreational activities. She sits on the committees for the town’s monthly music sessions, the tractor parade and festival works with the police department for its Cops – N – Kids Carwash and other activities.
If re-elected, Alvarado says she plans to continue her focus on this and to also continue working on the town’s beautification plans. Additionally, she said she wants to begin working with other town leaders to create a better town budget. Her goal with this new budget is to “fix potholes” and to buy “much-needed items,” such as new Christmas decorations for Cottageville, she said.
Anyone wanting to file for one of the two open seats on Cottageville Town Council may do so beginning at noon on August 16th through noon on Friday, August 25th. There is a $50 filing fee. Interested candidates can go to the Cottageville Municipal Complex at 72 Salley Ackerman Drive in Cottageville to formally file and pay the fee. All required documentation and forms can be filled out online at www.scvotes.org/candidateinformation.

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