Keith Bailey was born in Nassawadox, VA but the United States Army veteran has lived in Blythewood for 23 years.
Having grown up in a military family, he is quick to acknowledge that he has childhood roots all over the world and that his international upbringing, along with his 22 years of service as a commissioned active-duty officer, has instilled in him a lifetime commitment to serving others.
During his career in the Army, Bailey received several commendatory awards including Army Meritorious Service Medal with silver oak leaf cluster; Army Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters; Army Achievement Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Army Forces Reserve Medal, Army Service Ribbon, two Overseas Ribbons, and qualification status for Airborne Ranger.
In 2004 Bailey was elected Mayor Pro Tem of Blythewood and Blythewood Town Council and served until 2008 when he was elected Mayor of Blythewood; a position in which he served until 2012.
As Mayor, Bailey guided efforts to transition Blythewood into a thriving township while maintaining the bedroom community’s unique charm. He negotiated a $450,000 settlement for the Town with SCE&G, annexed the Google property and over 2000 additional acres into Town limits and led the development of a Town Master Plan that received the South Carolina Planners Association Award. He also planned and initiated the development of Doko Meadows Park and the stately manor that sits on its grounds. He assisted with transitioning the Blythewood Business Coalition into the Greater Blythewood Chamber of Commerce and assisted in the founding of the Blythewood Historical Society.
While proud of his work governing the town, Bailey notes that there is more to community leadership than making local policy decisions and driving economic development. It’s about enhancing the quality of life for the people you serve,” he says. “I’m proud of my record as a public servant of Blythewood. During my terms as mayor, we founded several annual events including the rodeo, the Diamond Invitational Baseball Tournament, the Tour de Blythe, and the Beach Bash to Blythewood. Under his leadership, the town government procured grants to beautify the town’s primary interstate exit, establish a recycling point in the town, develop walking trails in the park, and place attractive kiosks on Main Street and at Town Hall to promote town events.”
Outside of his work in government, Bailey has remained engaged in the community by serving on multiple organizations. His community work includes serving as Deputy Director for A Better Way – “Project G.O.” (Gang Out), Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors for Hopes of Higher Education, Co-founder of the Blythewood Youth Football and Cheer League, and Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Francis Burns United Methodist Church.
In 2019, Bailey announced that he is once again seeking the Blythewood Mayor’s seat saying, “I have a vision, a plan, and a proven record of success. My experience will continue to move Blythewood forward. A Mayor for Progress, Stability, and Enrichment.”
To find out more about Keith Bailey visit: www.keithbaileyformayor.com