Aiken City Council member at-large Steve Homoki announced he will seek re-election in November.
Homoki, a member of Council for three and a half years, said his campaign goals and objectives will stay much the same as they did while he served on Council for his first term.
“Well, I've made sure that Aiken's preserving history and its historical sites,” Homoki said. “And another goal was to make citizens of Aiken safe and secure, as well as police.”
Despite recent hard economic times for many citizens, Homoki said he would still like to focus on green space, budgets, revenues, taxes and water control and erosion.
“For the future, I'd like to make sure we have an atmosphere conducive for good business,” Homoki said. “There's a lot of green space, too, and I want to make sure we preserve places like Whitney Field.”
Homoki has a bachelor's degree in electric engineering and a Bachelor of Arts in liberal arts from Rutgers University. He later received his master's in business management from the University of Arkansas. He served in the U.S. Air Force for 22 years before joining Allied Air Forces Central Europe developing NATO war plans and completing service at the Pentagon on the Joint Staff.
He also served as vice president for three high-technology, minority owned businesses, including Armstrong Data Services, which was awarded the Washington Technology magazine Fast 50 Award two years in a row.
An Aiken resident for almost 10 years, Homoki has served or currently serves with the Aiken Center for the Arts, Aiken County Historical Museum, Hitchcock Woods Foundation, Steeplechase, Augusta Riverwalk Series, Opera Society, Juilliard in Aiken, Symphony Guild, Helping Hands and others. Homoki is also a founding member and past president of Remember the Children, an organization that helps guardian ad litems speak on behalf of abused and neglected children.
Should he win re-election, and, although, he will not be considered at-large, instead directly representing District 5, Homoki said he wants residents to know they should never hesitate to continue to call him, even those outside of his district.
Lessie Price of District 2, Reggie Ebner of District 4 and Phillip Merry are also up for re-election in November. Homoki and Merry currently represent at-large districts, but under the new 6-1 single member district plan, they could represent Districts 5 and 6, respectively. Filing opens for nomination by petitions and entry of candidates for primaries begins on Aug. 5 at noon, and entry of candidates for primaries closes on Aug. 12. Entries for petition nominations closes at noon on Sept. 20. All candidates must file at the Aiken County Registration and Election Commission Office located at 916 Vaucluse Road N.W.
Maayan Schechter is a beat reporter with the Aiken Standard and has been with the paper since July. She graduated with a mass communications-journalism degree from the University of North Carolina Asheville.