Godbold challenging Kilgo for County Council
From Staff Reports
Angie Stone Godbold, daughter of 50-year Darlington firefighter Jim Stone, announced last week she will challenge veteran councilman Bobby Kilgo for a seat on Darlington County Council.
Godbold, a lifelong Darlington resident, says she is running for the District 1 seat on council because the time is right for “community-based leadership through thoughtfulness, transparency and honesty.”
She says the county needs “a responsible, reasonable council that makes decisions for today with the mindset of the future, specifically growth with fiscal balance.”
“Darlington has become complacent as we simply survive – not thrive,” Godbold says in her announcement. “There is no reason, with our industrial tax base, that we do not prosper.
“I have the skills, as well as the desire, to connect various segments of our community to work together toward shared objectives and finding innovative, attainable solutions to ensure a safe, affordable lifestyle while simultaneously attracting new business/industry and young families to our area. Even with the population-decline trend in Darlington, which should be top on council’s agenda, we’re not too small to have it all!”
Godbold says she wants to reach beyond the normal limits to help facilitate relationships and initiatives to make Darlington County a better, more desirable region.
“Representing District 1 is not a ‘one-person’ job,” she says. “It’s important to listen to citizens inside that realm. They have concerns, but they also have solutions and it’s essential to understand and share that information in making decisions for measurable progress. I put great value in what citizens have to contribute.”
Godbold attended Darlington County public schools and the University of South Carolina. She is active in her church, First Baptist Church, where she has served as a Sunday school teacher for 25 years and a former Ministry Leader of the Children’s Department, Church Council and Nominating Committee.
She is past president of Darlington Professional Women, past member of the Pilot Club of Darlington and has been a licensed real estate agent since 2000. Godbold has 25-plus years of experience in operations management, customer relations, sales and marketing.
Godbold and her husband, Ken, also a Darlington native, have one son. She is the daughter of Dot Stone and the late Jim Stone, who had a half-century career with the Darlington Fire Department.