Kurt J. Odermatt

Kurt Odermatt wants to serve on the Williston Town Council as a way to give back to the town that he and his family have called home for 22 years.

He works at Collum Lumber in Allendale as Systems Quality Control/Human Resource Manager for the Planer Mill. He served in the U.S. Navy onboard the USS Nimitz during Operation Desert Shield. He currently serves as a deacon at Elko Baptist Church. Previous community involvement includes being on the Circle Theatre board in 2000 as the publicity officer and coaching Dixie Youth Baseball, as well as town soccer.

He and his wife Lora have been married for 22 years. They have one son, Kurt Jr., who is 20 and a junior at USC Upstate, and one daughter, Kyra Lily, who passed away in 1999 from Trisomy 18.

Why are you running for town council?

Running for Town Council is something I’ve always wanted to do. Twenty-two years ago, Williston welcomed my wife and me from California with open arms, and this would be a great opportunity to give back to this wonderful community, by listening and helping to meet the needs of its citizens.

If elected, what are your goals? How do you hope to help Williston?

My goals are to help continue to unite Williston as a shining example of how a small town can prosper when it works together. I’m not going in with a close-minded agenda, but rather to put myself out in the community, listening to the concerns of the people, and going straight to work for them, with goals of generating more positive business, as well as an increase in family orientated events.

What makes you the best candidate?

I have plenty of experience both as a leader and a subordinate. I’ve built some strong relationships with many citizens and local business owners. I also continued to stay active in our school system, volunteering in various capacities.

With my military experience, I’ve come to understand that overcoming adversity and the ability to move forward with positive progress, can only be generated by listening to the ideas of one another. with an open mind, and putting those ideas into motion not just for a few, but for all.