Pat Gibson-Hye Moore to run for City Council
The recent premature loss of City Councilman Ed Robinson from District 2 has made it necessary for a special election to be held June 7 to fill the City Council seat that he occupied. Replacing the late councilman is a difficult shoe to fill, but the needs of the people of District 2 require that they have representation on the City Council.
It is owing to those needs that Pat Gibson-Hye Moore announces her candidacy for Florence City Council District 2. Pat is a long-time community and political activist for the residents of District 2 and has advocated on their behalf for many issues. Her hard work brought about the revitalization of Levy Park. She is president of the East Florence Community Organization. She also represents her community as a member of the Florence County School District 1 Board, which she has been re-elected to serve on since 2005.
As with many matters pertaining to her community, she has worked tirelessly over the years to bring prayer back into the schools. Though it is challenged and not readily accepted by many, Pat prays aloud during the “moment of silence” allowed board members at the opening of the school board meetings. Her position is “the God I serve wants me to resound, wants me to make a joyful noise, and that’s what I intend to do,” in her continued fight for faculty and staff to be able to pray in school with students when the need arises.
Her stance is not just for her community, but for the faculty and staff throughout this Christian nation to have the right to pray in school. Her interests extend to all aspects of the lives of those in her community. Asked her response to improving East Florence following a major drug bust across from her backyard a few years ago, she replied, “I guess there isn’t a real solution for any area.
We just have to try and implement programs that can help educate people and help them realize the importance of spending time with our youth.” She is the founder and Executive Director of the Alliance for Youth. Organizing wholesome and healthy community activities and programs is well known to Mrs. Gibson-Hye Moore. She is an active member of the community-oriented Mount Zion A.M.E Church.
Also, she founded the popular Pecan Festival which Florence residents and the surrounding communities enjoy every year. Her desire to be of service is what motivates her. To serve her community as councilwoman from District 2 is one of her greatest desires. “I want to see all citizens of Florence have the necessities of life that we all desire and deserve,” she said. “I want development and revitalization challenges to be carefully managed and progressive in its approach to the impoverished areas of East, North and West Florence.
I want all Florence communities to grow and thrive collectively. This can, and will happen, if we implement and work with a fair and positive approach. I want our tax dollars to be spent carefully and wisely while also growing and empowering the residents of this city. I am dedicated and possess a positive, progressive attitude toward the people of Florence.I promise to always give and do my very best,” she concluded. Pat’s campaign welcomes all of those who, as she, want to see the entire Florence Community thrive.