Friday, July 19, 2013
Sudha Patel officially announces her candidacy for one of the three seats in the non-partisan for Town Council in the upcoming November 2013 election.
Patel is preparing to make history again. This is Patel’s second campaign for elected office. In 2011, Patel ran for Andrews mayor as a write-in candidate but lost in a run-off with the incumbent. She campaigned for change. Immediately following the loss, Patel took a different approach to help create change. She founded Historic Andrews community organization as an avenue to create a master plan or a blueprint for the future of “forgotten community.”
“Andrews, SC has many needs that have been overlooked. A considerable amount of work needs to be done to strengthen our Town of Andrews and for the people of Andrews. As council member, I will work hard to seek to bring forth issues and work to address these problems for the citizens of Andrews.”
Patel shows determination to work tirelessly to ensure that proper solutions are reached to certain problems. “Over the past several years, I have become extremely frustrated with the town administration handling on certain community problems. With the development of Andrews lagging I felt that it was my time to step up and assist the citizens.”
Patel pointed a few major problems facing Andrews today. “First, DHEC has been tirelessly trying to schedule a meeting with our current mayor, who has not only been missing in action, but also running from the problems. This is not acceptable. Second, we have a strong mayor form of government. This means we have a dictator who is administering the town. We must redistrict our voting zones where the citizens may have fair and balanced representation. Third, we must come up with a reasonable budget plan for the town where each council member has a say so in where the town’s money is allocated. Currently, the mayor has complete power and control to the town’s entire finances. This is also not acceptable. Fourth, we cannot simply forget the senior citizens in our community. We need an action plan addressing senior needs. Lastly, let us not forget the downtown revitalization is still my pet project and I would like see to that we bring life back into Andrews community.”
With more than 10 years experience in architecture design, construction management and planning, Patel is an architectural designer and a local business owner. Following her Clemson graduation, Patel relocated to the northeast where she was professionally trained. In addition to her professional training, business knowledge and support from the community, she believes the skills she has acquired through her active involvement in the local community will strongly guide her as Council member.
In addition to caring for her son as her first priority, Patel generally remains actively involved in the betterment of the community. She currently serves on the board of Cultural Council of Georgetown County. She is a volunteer to Georgetown County Family Justice Center leading speaker’s bureau to help create awareness to the public about domestic violence. Patel was recently sworn into Andrews Rotary Club making history as the first female Indian-American president. She is a recent graduate of Waccamaw Community Foundation American Leadership Forum.
“Developing and administering quality-of-life programs for seniors is a must in this community. Additionally, we want a strong continuously thriving community where the future generation is able to live their American dream right here locally.”
Patel continues to explain her platform. “The cornerstone of my platform is to develop a comprehensive long-term strategy or master plan to promote and improve the physical, social, and economic health and growth for the Town of Andrews. This cornerstone takes into consideration everything about Andrews, SC and will design the framework for which we will seek to strengthen our Town and move forward to help reach its full potential.”
By Barbara Gengler
For The Times