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Rincon City Council candidates

POSTED: November 4, 2013 3:04 a.m.

A look at the five candidates for the three seats on Rincon City Council.

Harry Capwell

Capwell, 45, owns a landscaping company and he and his wife Amy have four children.

Capwell ran for Rincon City Council two years ago and said he is running this time to promote the city’s growth and while maintaining Rincon’s hometown appeal.

He said his priorities as a council member would include building trust among himself, residents and business owners. Capwell said he wants input from citizens and business owners on how to make Rincon better, and he wants to ensure businesses grow, residents enjoy living in Rincon and elected officials help.

Scott Morgan

Morgan is 38 years old, and he and his wife Keri have a 2-year-old son and a 4-month-old daughter.

He is co-owner of Savannah River Mortgage, which gives mortgage loans for the purchase or refinance of residential property. Born in Savannah, Morgan has lived most of his life in Rincon.

Morgan has spent eight years on city council. “I feel we have accomplished a lot in my last eight years, and I want to continue moving the city forward in a positive direction,” he said.

Morgan cited as his top objectives to continue to operate and grow the city with no property taxes. He also wants to continue to improve the city’s recreation facilities and grow its recreation services. “We have put a large focus on recreation and have numerous projects currently ongoing, like the Macomber Ball Park expansion,” Morgan said. He also wants to create an environment that continues to promote retail and commercial growth.

Christina Shores Ricker

Ricker, 35, is married to Brian Ricker, and they have two daughters, ages 15 and 12. She is the owner of Clean Duct LLC.

Ricker was born in Rincon. She went to school in Richmond Hill and moved back to Rincon when she purchased her first home at age 18. This is the first time she has run for office.

“I am running for Rincon City Council because I live and work here and I am raising my children here,” she said. “I care about the same issues that affect us all. I have a strong desire to help others and I can’t think of a better way to teach my children about giving back than showing them first-hand.”

Ricker said she would like to put some time into the city’s growth and ensure it is moving forward in the right direction. “I don’t want us to be left behind or become like some less-desirable areas in Georgia,” she said. “I hope to help our local businesses so that we can keep our buildings from becoming vacant and continue to give jobs to our locals.” Ricker said she also wants to find solutions and funding to minimize and perhaps eliminate drainage problems in the city. Another key issue to her is roads.

 

George Saraf

Retired, Saraf is 75 and has lived in Rincon since 1968. He previously served on city council for three and a half years and was mayor from 1982-2005.

Saraf discussed his previous experience on council and praised the work of former city manager Boby Brady. “I ought to be good for something,” he said. “I feel we did a good job.”

Saraf said his reason for running again is because he loves politics. Once Frank Owens decided to not run again, that prompted him for another run.

“I’m not mad with anybody. I just feel like they need to change some of the things,” he said. “You don’t go in there with the idea you’re going to change anything without getting four votes on the table. I’m not going in there with a big idea that I’m going to change the world.”

Saraf said he wants to make sure the city’s finances are being handled properly and the right people are hired for the city’s jobs.

“If I get in, I’ll have a happy day. If I don’t get in, I’ll still have a happy day,” he said.

 

Levi Scott

Scott is 62 years old and he has been married to Bertha Scott for 38 years. They have two children and four grandchildren.

An environmental consultant, Scott has been on Rincon City Council for 17 years. He is running again to see the completion of the Westside sewer and water revitalization project, the completion of planned recreation facilities, continue completion of projects currently on the table and to spend the next four years planning for future growth.

Scott said his top three issues for the next four years are transportation, maintaining infrastructure for further development and growth and maintaining a strong fiscal system by rolling back the city’s millage rate to 0 with local option sales tax proceeds.

 

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