Column: Inn the Know

Advertise ◇ Today is November 28, 2023 ◇ Subscribe
102 Foxhound Road ◇ Simpsonville, S.C. 29680
Phone: (864) 275-0001View our Old Website

Let us know if you have a possible news story to include in The Simpsonville Sentinel.

Fountain Inn, Political

July 29, 2023 by Shawn Bell - Views: 82

Share this Page on Facebook

Column: Inn the Know


As we approach the final months of summer, the anticipation of election season draws nearer. Local elections carry exceptional importance, directly influencing our communities. Local elections determine the individuals entrusted with making crucial decisions that have a direct impact on our everyday lives versus state and federal elections, which hold significance in shaping broader policies and governance which affect the entire region or country.  From shaping local infrastructure development to trash collection, implementing public safety measures, expanding community services, and fostering positive economic growth, the choices made by elected officials in local government significantly shape the quality of our immediate surroundings.

By exercising our right to vote in local elections, we embrace our role as active participants in shaping the future of our neighborhoods. Through the power of your vote, you determine which concerns and aspirations are represented and addressed by those in positions of leadership.

Fountain Inn’s election method adds a unique dimension to the democratic process. In our city, both council members and the mayor are chosen by the residents. What sets it apart is the election process is at-large, allowing all residents to cast votes for council members across all six wards, not just the one they live in. This approach offers a valuable opportunity for engagement, enabling residents to have a say in selecting representatives for every part of the city. It fosters a sense of unity and shared responsibility, ensuring the entire community’s interests are thoughtfully considered in the decision-making process.

Taking part in these elections goes beyond civic duty; it drives positive changes in our communities. Our collective involvement enhances our community’s well-being and instills pride in actively contributing to our city and society. Voting in local elections brings democracy to life, giving an opportunity for each citizen’s voice to be heard.

For more information about your candidates 

Shawn Bell is the City Administrator of Fountain Inn. He is an ICMA-Credentialed Manager. For more information, go to, call 864-862-4421, or email■


Support Our Advertisers


Carolina Fine Food

The Simpsonville Sentinel

Home | Contact Us | Subscribe

Back Office

Copyright © 2010 - 2023 The Simpsonville Sentinel
Website Design by TADA! Media Services, Inc.