Columbia, SC — Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin resigned from the board of directors of Advance America, Cash Advance in order to enter the mayoral contest in 2010. In 2009, his director’s pay was $90,000; in 2008 it was $84,000; in 2007 it was $93,467; and in 2006 it was $80,000.
Living near Pontiac, miles from downtown, in a neighborhood where some houses cost $1 million, I now ponder why he wanted to be mayor. Also, why does he want a strong-mayor form of government? Also what are his plans for the rest of us in a strong-mayor township? For once, I agree with the NAACP; we are being shunted off as sheep in a field, awaiting our function. Stevie gets his purpose, we get the shaft.