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Summerton elects youngest member in council history


Jazlyn Bowman has made history as the youngest person elected to the Town of Summerton Council at 22 years old.

Bowman, born and raised in Summerton, is set to serve alongside her father, Keith Bowman, making them the first father-daughter team in the council’s history.

Bowman, a graduate of the Class of 2020 from Scotts Branch High School, pursued higher education at the University of South Carolina Sumter and Central Carolina Technical College before starting her own business. She is the owner of Go Be Great Enterprise LLC, a clothing company that began with her own clothing line and has expanded to include custom designs for clients.

Reflecting on her upbringing, Bowman shared her experiences growing up in Summerton. “I’m a country girl at heart,” she said. “I spent a lot of time at my grandparents’ shop, which was a community hub. It was a place where people gathered after school for snacks. Those memories of community togetherness are something I cherish deeply.”

Bowman’s election continues a family legacy of public service. While her father currently serves on the council, her family’s roots in local politics started with her grandmother, Haulean Smith, who served on the council over 25 years ago. Her late uncle, Mayor Tony Junious, also made significant contributions to the community, further inspiring her civic involvement after his death in January.

“I grew up watching my dad and hearing about the conversations he had regarding council matters,” Bowman said.

“Being able to work alongside him is going to be a rewarding and educational experience. I’m ready for the ride.”

Bowman is enthusiastic about her new role and is keen on learning and contributing. “As the youngest member, I want to soak in as much knowledge as I can and pour out my efforts to help my fellow residents,” she said. “I believe it’s my duty to listen to the community and work towards making meaningful, positive changes.”

When asked why she chose to run for council, Bowman emphasized her desire to be a voice for the community.

“I’m community-oriented and being on the council allows me to reach out and make a difference. It gives me the leverage to help others and to stand up for what’s right,” she explained.

Bowman’s future aspirations remain focused on her role in the council. “I think council is where I want to be. I feel I have the voice, the attitude, and the characteristics needed to inspire others,” she said. “I want to show people that no matter your age or background, you can achieve and be anything you set your mind to.”

Bowman’s election represents a new era for Summerton, with youthful energy and a deep-rooted passion for community service. As she steps into her role, she looks forward to making a significant impact and continuing her family’s legacy of dedication to the town.