Zoning appeals board member to run for Sumter City Council

Davis seeking election in west Sumter’s Ward 5

BY ADRIENNE SARVIS
adrienne@theitem.com
Posted 2/22/18

A member of the Sumter City-County Board of Zoning Appeals wants to continue his efforts to improve the local quality of life and business environment in his hometown by running for office on a larger stage.

Colin Davis recently announced he is …

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Zoning appeals board member to run for Sumter City Council

Davis seeking election in west Sumter’s Ward 5

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A member of the Sumter City-County Board of Zoning Appeals wants to continue his efforts to improve the local quality of life and business environment in his hometown by running for office on a larger stage.

Colin Davis recently announced he is seeking election to Sumter City Council Ward 5.

"I feel like we've got a good thing going in Sumter," said Davis, part owner of Barnette's Auto Parts on North St. Pauls Church Road.

As a business owner and resident of Sumter, Davis said he feels a need to participate in facilitating the success of the city.

If elected, Davis said he would like to bring a fresh perspective to a City Council that is already doing a good job of supporting residents.

He is running on a platform of continuing the development of a well-trained workforce, of downtown Sumter and of attracting more industries to Sumter by improving and expanding infrastructure.

The introduction of more industries will directly result in the creation of more jobs, more economic activity and greater opportunity for residents, according to a release from Davis.

Further, Davis said he would like to encourage redevelopment of existing business and commercial corridors, such as the central business district downtown and Sumter's industrial parks, as well as look for modern uses for vacant or underutilized industrial and commercial properties.

Davis is taking steps to improve the local quality of life and business environment through his appointment to the Board of Zoning Appeals, which can approve variances to Sumter's zoning standards.

A member of the board since 2014, Davis has helped numerous home and business owners make improvements to their properties that have allowed them to live more comfortably and increase work productivity.

Davis said his time on the zoning appeals board has given him the confidence to seek to do more for the community. If he is elected to City Council, Davis will have to resign from the board.

He said he is eager to join Team Sumter and work with elected officials to help achieve goals for the benefit of the city of Sumter and Shaw Air Force Base.

Davis said he would also like to help continue the city's record of not increasing taxes. The only way to do that, he said, is to support local business owners and industries.

"I want to make Sumter a great place to live, work and raise a family," he said.

Davis is married to the former Tiffany Garrity, and they have two daughters, Madelynn and Millie. The Davises attend First Presbyterian Church.

Ward 5 includes areas on the west side of Sumter such as neighborhoods near Patriot Parkway, Stamey Livestock Road, Beach Forest Drive, South Wise Drive and Wilson Hall Road. Only residents of Ward 5 can cast votes regarding Ward 5 candidates.

No other Sumter residents have yet to publicly announce intentions to run for Ward 5. Robert Galiano currently holds the seat.

Voting for City Council will be held on Nov. 6.