Optimists hear from town councilman

Irmo Town Councilman Eric Sickinger spoke to the St. Andrews Optimist Club on August 11.

Sickinger described his primary motivation for seeking the office as a desire to project a positive image of the town to the Midlands.

He characterized his approach as being a combination of both delegating and taking hands-on steps depending on the situation. In his words, government at the town council level is the constituents’ most direct access to getting things done. He added that local government is more responsive, by nature, with few layers of bureaucracy to navigate. 

He prides himself in being adept at connecting constituents to appropriate sources for solutions, so he sees that role as often being more of a facilitator. Sickinger said he is energized and encouraged by how actively local citizens participate in Council meetings. A full room is a lively room, to paraphrase him.

Pictured are Optimist Club President Larry Blosser, Councilman Eric Sickinger, and speaker host Ken Parlier, who presented the speaker with a copy of the Optimist Creed.