Jeri and her husband, Fred, first bought a Seabrook lot in 2006. They moved into their home permanently in late 2010. They had lived in Washington, D.C. for years where Jeri worked in the offices of several members of the House of Representatives. They have no regrets about leaving a faster paced life for the calmness and beauty of Seabrook.
Jeri has been active in various volunteer roles on Seabrook, including co-chairing SIPOA’s Newcomers Committee. She has also served nearly 7 years on the Seabrook Island Green Space Conservancy Board and currently serves as President. She plans to stay on the Board to chair one more Green Space Gala this coming March.
As to why she is running for Town Council, she says she was looking for other ways to get involved in the island’s activities and was inspired after a conversation with the Mayor about the issues before the Council. She thought her skills, particularly working in the offices of Members of Congress, would be useful to her work on the Town Council. She specialized in parliamentary law and the budget process, and she worked several years on transportation and infrastructure legislation.
Jeri was a Life Science major in college and also believes that background will help her address issues facing the town such as sea rise and the many regulatory challenges involving critical habitat on our beaches. She particularly enjoyed constituent services when she worked in Congress and feels that as a former Chief of Staff for a member of Congress she can bring her organizational and consensus building skills to the Town, and give her Seabrook neighbors an even louder voice in Charleston County.
-Barbara Burgess, Tidelines Staff Writer