Three candidates running unopposed in Stephens City
By Ryan Cornell
Three candidates are running unopposed for three Town Council seats in Stephens City on Tuesday, Election Day.
Age: Declined to share
Running for: Town Council
Current position: Chairwoman of the Board of Zoning Appeals
Hometown: Columbia, South Carolina
Has lived in Stephens City for: 14 years
Education: Bachelor of arts degree from Coker College in Hartsville, South Carolina. Doctorate degree from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
Occupation: Program manager for PhotoAssist, a company that processes images for the U.S. Postal Service’s stamp program
Other experience: A Norwich and Norfolk terrier owner, Swygert-Smith is active in local and national dog clubs as a dog breeder and handler
Why she wants to run:
“The only other woman on council [Martha Dilg] was not going to run and I thought that the town needed a woman’s point of view. I thought, well if she’s not going to be on there, I figured I’d do it, I’ll run …The guys didn’t do a good job on it when they were there by themselves, so we can’t leave those guys alone. They forget about things they shouldn’t forget about.”
What makes her a good choice:
“I have a legal background so I understand complication. I’m a longtime editor, so I can read and write, and I think it’s important. I’m an excellent listener, so when people are going to be presenting complaints and ideas, I’ll be able to understand, because I will listen.”
Editor’s note: The two other candidates did not return calls for information from the Northern Virginia Daily.