Sales tax vote, Whiskey Road Corridor project topics for next Aiken Republican Club luncheon

September 18, 2018

The Capital Project Sales Tax IV referendum, which will be on the ballot in November for approval, as well as the Whiskey Road Corridor project will be the topics of the next Aiken Republican Club luncheon.

The guest speakers at the Sept. 25 lunch will be Aiken County Council Chairman Gary Bunker and County Council Member Camille Furgiuele. The meeting will be held at Newberry Hall - 117 Newberry St. The luncheon is open to club members and guests as well as the general public.

The registration/social time will be from 11 to 11:55 a.m., and lunch will be served at noon. The cost of the luncheon for members is $18 and $23 for non-members.

Reservations may be made by using Eventbrite at: https://arc-september-25-luncheon.eventbrite.com or email aikenscrepublicanclub@gmail.com.

Payment will be at the door by cash or check.

Gary Bunker is chairman of the Aiken County Council, having previously served on Council for two terms from 2005 through 2012. During his time on Council, he was three times elected vice-chairman by his peers and was chairman of the Administrative Committee for four years.

After his service on County Council, Bunker served on the Board of the Economic Development Partnership from 2013 through 2014. Bunker also has been active in the Aiken County Republican Party. He was president of the Aiken Republican Club in 2004, chairman of the Aiken County Young Republicans in 1995, executive committeeman of the Aiken County Republican Party from 1997 to 1999, and chaired every Aiken County Republican Party Convention between 2003 and 2017. He was a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 2004. Bunker wrote a regular column for the Aiken Standard from early 2013 through January 2017.

Bunker has lived in Aiken since 1993 and is a member of New Covenant Presbyterian Church. He and his wife, Michele, have three children: Charles Park, Savannah Grace and Shelbey Elisabeth.

District 2 County Council Member Camille Furgiuele previously served as a town manager and chief financial officer in Newton, N.J., in Sussex County for more than 20 years. She and her late husband, Richard, moved to Aiken in 2003.

She also has served on the county’s Planning Commission, Citizens Advisory Board and the Cedar Creek Emergency Management Committee.

The Aiken Republican Club is a social club hosting monthly luncheon meetings for Aiken area Conservatives. The membership takes an active interest in local, state, and national issues, candidates and office holders. Luncheons are open to the general public and membership is not required, although members are given priority in reservations and save on luncheon charges.

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