Voter voices: Safety a key issue in Columbia

September 26, 2013 

Akeen Roberts

Columbia voters will elect a mayor and three council members Nov. 5. We asked voters what they see as the key issues in the city.

As a University of South Carolina student and Five Points resident, Akeen Roberts takes safety seriously and says that will be one thing he considers when casting his vote.

“It bothers me that many students at USC don’t feel safe on campus,” said Roberts, 23, adding he hopes the police force and business development in Five Points will be addressed during the election. But he also hopes the mayor will take chances that will allow the city to grow, create more jobs, and become a safer place for students and families. “If we are trying to grow Main Street, why not bring new business and raise standards in Five Points too?”

Roberts said he has not been involved in politics in the past but plans to vote this time because of the need he sees for change in the city.

Emily Olyarchuk, USC School of Journalism

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