City Council

Mayor Frank Brunson

Mayor Frank Brunson

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Mayor Brunson has served Forest Acres from city council to the mayor's office since 1995.

One word someone may use to describe Mayor Frank Brunson is loyal. He celebrates his 50th wedding anniversary next year, he moved his family back to the small town where he was once raised, even moving to the exact same street a few doors down from his parents. And when he saw a need for service in his city, he ran for office. He first served on City Council starting in 1995 and then ran for Mayor and...

Councilman Thomas Andrews

Councilman Thomas Andrews

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Councilman Thomas Andrews also serves as Mayor pro tem. He is in his first term and has been serving Forest Acres since 2019.

When elected in 2019, Tom Andrews was one of two fresh new faces to city council in nearly 15 years. Despite being in a busy phase of life—raising three young children with his wife and running his own law practice—he knew he still wanted to do more. So, Andrews laced up his tennis shoes and hit the neighborhoods, knocking on more than 1500 doors after work and on...

Councilman John Barnes

Councilman John Barnes

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Councilman John Barnes is in his first term and has been serving Forest Acres since 2019.

It wasn’t long after moving to Columbia for work more than 20 years ago that John Barnes knew he wanted to move his family to Forest Acres. It’s a story that involves setting a goal and not taking his eye off the prize, similar to his campaign journey to city council. About a decade after first spotting the homes along Forest Lake, John and his wife Jennifer bought their dream house and raised their...

Councilman David Black

Councilman David Black

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Councilman David Black is in his first term and has been serving Forest Acres since 2021.

David Black knows Forest Acres. As he likes to say, he is a third-generation Forest Acres resident.  After graduating A.C. Flora and The Citadel with a degree in political science, he moved to Washington, D.C., to work on Capitol Hill. But the ten-hour, round-trip drive to visit family left him and his wife wanting to move back home to Forest Acres.

He now lives on the very same street he grew up on...

Councilman Haskell Kibler

Councilman Haskell Kibler

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Councilman Haskell Kibler is in his first term and has been serving Forest Acres since 2021.

In joining city council, Haskell Kibler had to run for his seat not once but twice in five short months. He first began his campaign efforts when a special election was called to fill the seat of long-time, respected council member Shell Suber, who announced he was stepping down after 47 years.

Haskell, who grew up in Forest Acres and graduated from Cardinal Newman High School, says it was people...