"I am excited to announce that I am running for the Charleston County Council District 2 seat.
I have lived East of the Cooper River since 1979. I have driven my car on our roads for decades — back and forth to work, visiting friends, and running errands. I have experienced firsthand the added stress, anxiety and frustration from over-development and traffic congestion.
My wife, Susan, grew up in McClellanville, and we have traveled Highway 17 regularly visiting family. We have witnessed up front and close the transition of Highway 17 to becoming an Atlanta-like speedway, pushing congestion ever further north. We let our guards down and the developers leaped way ahead of our existing infrastructure.
For over 40 years, I've worked in the downtown historic district of Charleston. And I'm proud to admit that I represented East Cooper on the Charleston County School Board and had the honor of serving as Chairman of the Charleston County Republican Party for four years.
I remember my first return to Isle of Palms and Sullivan’s Island after Hurricane Hugo. Total silence, no birds, no people, homes in the middle of the road, people’s lifetime treasures scattered everywhere. That feeling never leaves you, and it helps drive me to protect and preserve what we all love about living here.
I have raised my family here. My daughters went to school here and are now married and raising their own families in Mount Pleasant.
We live in one of the most scenic and desirable places to live in America. Our stretch of the coast goes from McClellanville to Charleston and includes the Francis Marion National Forest, Bull Island, the Cape Romain Wildlife Refuge, the beaches on Isle of Palms and on Sullivan’s Island, the Old Village in Mount Pleasant, the Maritime Forest, Alhambra Hall, the Pitt Street Bridge, Shem Creek and Boone Hall -- some of the most iconic and unique locations that exist anywhere.
I know firsthand how all of this is at risk from over-development, traffic congestion and loss of our green spaces. I also feel the pain of rising property taxes which threatens our ability to stay living here.
It would be an honor and privilege to represent us and fight to maintain our quality of life and what brought us here in the first place."
WHERE TO VOTE ON NOVEMBER 8:
For more information, or to learn if you're eligible to vote, please visit:
Mt. Pleasant 1 - at Alhambra Hall, 131 Middle Street
Mt Pleasant 7, 8 & 9 - at Moultrie Middle School, 645 Coleman Blvd
Mt. Pleasant 10, 11, 12 & 21 - at Marnie P. Whitesides Elementary School, 1565 Rifle Range Road
Mt. Pleasant 22 - at Christ Church, 2304 N Highway 17
Mt. Pleasant 35 - Mt. Pleasant Park West Rec Center 1251 Park West Blvd, Suite 103
Mt. Pleasant 37 - at Eastbridge Presbyterian Church, 1250 Lexington Drive,
Mt. Pleasant 38 - at Wando Library, 1400 Carolina Park Blvd
Mt. Pleasant 39 - at Palmetto Presbyterian Church, 1720 Carolina Park Blvd
Awendaw 4 - at Awendaw Town Hall, 6971 Doar Road
Christ Church 8 - at Awendaw Town Hall, 6971 Doar Road
IOP 1A - at IOP City Hall, 1207 Palm Boulevard
IOP 1B & 1C - at IOP Recreation, 24 28th Ave
Sullivan's Island 32 - at Sunrise Presbyterian Church, 3222 Middle Street
McClellanville 100 - at Lincoln High School, 714 Lincoln Road