Estill elects first woman mayor in town history
Estill — The town of Estill has its first woman mayor.
After a 174-all tie in the April 13 election that caused a runoff, Kim Wiley defeated incumbent mayor Corrin Bowers on Tuesday.
“The voter turnout encourages me to get up every morning and say, ‘What can I do for the Town of Estill today, knowing they have those expectations and trust me?'” Mayor-elect Wiley told The Island Packet in a phone interview today.
Mayor-elect Wiley moved to Estill at the age of 24, and she has works at PruittHealth. She previously worked as a victim advocate at the Estill Police Department.
She frequently volunteers around the Hampton County town of 2,800. She decided to run for mayor after she saw a need that needed to be filled.
“I felt like I could be an answer for the Town of Estill and thought, ‘Why wait for someone else to take the lead?'” she said.
She said that she wants to be a role model for the women and girls around Estill and the 29918 zip code and show them “women can do things, and women can be leaders.”
Mayor-elect Wiley joins Taliaferro County Sheriff Tia McWilliams in making women’s history firsts in recent months in the Aiken Area.