Sid Ackerman ends his sunshine and rainbows term in Andrews
ANDREWS S.C. — After completing more than six years on the Andrews Town Council, Sid Ackerman confirmed he will not run for re-election this November.
Ackerman, who does intend to finish out his current term, said his two growing boys and an increased work schedule helped him decide it would be in the best interests of the town that he step aside.
"It has been a great honor to serve my community," he said. "And I truly hope the town continues to flourish in the future."
According to Ackerman, he can't say this enough but "I really do appreciate my time on the council, it's been a great opportunity and it's all sunshine and rainbows. It's been a great experience for me and a rewarding experience for me and I've just done the best I can do."
"I would like to thank the town, I appreciate the time more than that I can tell people," he said.
Ackerman began his term after a special voting following Rodney Giles election to Mayor and then ran unopposed for a four-year term.
"We have had victories and losses," Ackerman said. "And a bunch of things got accomplished. For example, an ongoing process for a long time was getting the budget back in the black, which we did."
He also pointed out accomplishing the Main Street project and completing work with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Ackerman said he may run again in the future, but he'd like to have more time as right now "the community is better served by someone with a lot more time."
"Although the town of Andrews is small in size, it is huge when it comes to potential and charm," he said. "There's a lot of good to be done and development and taking advantage of the landscape and history. There's a lot to be done with the town, a lot of potential."
"As a main entry point into Georgetown county, it's perfectly positioned for sustained growth," he said. "Also its proximity to rivers and the beaches while having great home prices helps."
Ackerman said when people think of the positives a small Southern town embodies Andrews truly fits the bill.
"Friendly people, great Churches, family centered and great food," he said. "Is there room for improvement? Absolutely. We still need jobs and businesses. But overall its a great place to live and raise a family."
If people want change and want progress and have ideas for the town, they have to get out to vote, he said adding, "It's one of the biggest issues we face today is that people don't go out and vote."
"When I got elected I think I got elected with a small amount of votes," he said. "The turn out's terrible, I'd call it apathy, they don't believe they can make a difference and they don't try." Ackerman said he is encouraged there are more people running this time and "it should be a good race and better turnout."
He has been a town resident for about 10 years and also lived outside the town and has been in the area all his life, less the four years he served in the military.
By Barbara Gengler
For The Times
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