Smith, a Foreign Service Officer retired from the U.S. Department of State moved
to Aiken in 1999 and soon became concerned about the fast rate of growth that
was threatening the small town charm and quality of life in Aiken. Marianne
Pecoraro moved to Aiken from San Francisco in 2000, and likewise soon became
concerned that Aiken was changing rapidly and without adequate planning. Both
became active in Smart Growth Aiken.
Dick, with encouragement from Smart Growth Aiken board members, decided he
could make his best contribution to our community by serving on the Aiken City
Council. Dick won his seat in November 2001, with Marianne as his campaign
manager. In 2005, Dick was elected to his second term which expired in November
2009. Dick did not run for a third term because he believes in term
limits. Reggie Ebner ran for the District 4 seat in 2009 and was elected with
84% of the vote.
after he was elected to City Council in 2001, Dick created the Aiken Journal
newsletter email to stay in touch with his constituents. Marianne
frequently collaborated in its writing.Click the Archives 2002-2007 tab to read
original articles. The success of the newsletter and the email list grew to the
point where they wanted to reach out to more of Aiken's concerned citizens and
to cover issues of importance throughout Aiken County as well as the City of
Aiken.* So, they built an online weblog version of the Aiken Journal. There
have been many contributors to the blog since its inception. The list includes Miles Hall, Jim Wetzel, Dr.
Rose O Hayes and Dick Dewar.