The town of Perry will be electing its new mayor Tuesday.
Two candidates are on the ballot - former Perry police officer Tony Thompson and retired chaplain Albert Brodie Jr.
Mayor Thomas H. Williams recently stepped down.
Mr. Brodie, who ran for the Aiken County Council in 2002, lives in the same downtown Perry home he was born in, he said.
A former foster parent, Mr. Brodie has a master's degree in theology and spent most of his life in public service.
"I'm retired, so I can devote myself full-time to what is really a part-time job," he said.
He said he is interested in completing the park project for Perry, and also wants the town to unitewith Salley and Wagener to draw industry to the area, an opportunity he feels has been ignored by the county council.
"Everybody here knows me and where I stand," he said.
Mr. Thompson, who resigned as a police officer this summer, said he sees several areas that need to be tackled.
"I felt like they needed a young person to be mayor," he said. "They've got water issues and police issues they need addressed."
He thinks his chances of being elected are good.
"I made a lot of friends since I was a police officer. I made a lot of enemies, too," he said, laughing.
Reach Sandi Martin at (803) 648-1395, ext. 111, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Name: Tony Thompson
Political Experience: None
Profession: Resigned as Perry's part-time police officer; former truck driver
Family: Wife, Mary; three children; three grandchildren
Name: Albert Brodie Jr.
Family: Divorced, three children, three grandchildren
Political Experience: None, former candidate for the Aiken County Council
Profession: Retired chaplain, worked for the Department of Juvenile Justice for 30 years