Erica Page wins council seat

Erica Page

BLYTHEWOOD – Erica Page was the winner in the Town’s Special Election held Tuesday to fill the Council seat vacated when former Councilman Sloan Griffin was elected as the Town’s Mayor last November.

Page, a wife, mom of two daughters, and local mortgage lender, took almost half the votes in a candidate field of five.

Page said she focused her campaign on connecting with people personally by going door-to-door in local neighborhoods.

By the numbers, with 24 early votes and 10 absentee votes, Page captured 144 votes to Patricia Hovis’ 81. Calvin Smith brought in 62 votes; Ray Poore received 39 votes; and Marcus Taylor, 20.

Voter turnout was low with only 9 percent of the 4,093 registered voters casting ballots.

Page said that when she announced her intentions to run for council, she pledged to run a positive campaign focusing on Blythewood families and the future of the Town.

Page currently serves on the Town’s Planning Commission, a volunteer position she has served for more than five years.

Page said she felt she was uniquely positioned to understand the inner workings of Blythewood’s local government as well as the Town’s economic and community development projects.

She has been involved with the Blythewood community, including organizing the Movies in the Park at Blythewood’s Doko Park for the past 3 years. She planned, promoted, and covered much of the cost of this free, family-friendly event.

”I’m truly grateful for the confidence the voters have placed in me today, and I’m looking forward to working with the members of our new council,” Page said after the vote count.

“I love our Town! My family and I enjoy so much of what our community has to offer,” she said.

“We all know that Blythewood is going to grow, but we want it to grow the right way.”

“My commitment to our families and our businesses is to work with them to shape the future of Blythewood,” she said, “and work to ensure that there are opportunities for input and open communication for all in our community.”

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