CANDIDATE HOPES INFRASTRUCTURE PUSH PAYS DIVIDENDS AT THE POLLS
|| By FITSNEWS || One of the candidates for mayor of Charleston, S.C. made the city’s infrastructure issues part of her formal filing for office.
Ginny Deerin – a nonprofit director who ran unsuccessfully for S.C. Secretary of State last year – drove herself across town from her home in West Ashley to file the paperwork to run for mayor.
“It’s official! After sitting in traffic on Ashley River Road, hitting some potholes and looking for parking, I’m formally filing my candidacy for Mayor of Charleston,” Deerin said. “I’m running for mayor to preserve and protect the Charleston we love, and that starts with comprehensive and bold action on transportation so we’re not all stuck in traffic. I am the only candidate with a transportation plan for Charleston. My experience points to a record of thinking big and getting things done – which is exactly the approach I’ll take as a candidate and as a mayor.”
Worth considering, though? Charleston has received a disproportionate share of state road funding in recent years. In fact one powerful state Senator recently said lawmakers in Columbia, S.C. had been “force feeding asphalt to the coast, while the Upstate and many rural areas starve.”
That’s true …
So the fact Charleston is still having infrastructure problems ought to tell you a little bit about how poorly this particular core function of government has been managed.
Anyway, Deerin is one of six candidates seeking the post.
The frontrunner? S.C. Rep. Leon Stavrinakis – who is known affectionally around the Palmetto State House as “short stack.” In fact the diminutive Stavrinakis has already reportedly reached out to S.C. Rep. Jimmy Merrill and offered him a position as chief of staff in the event he wins the election.
Also campaigning? Businessman John Tecklenburg, Charleston city councilman William Dudley Gregorie, businessman and community leader Maurice Washington and former city councilman Paul Tinkler.
Joe Riley has served as Charleston’s mayor since December 1975. The 72-year-old politician announced last year he would step down at the end of this – his tenth term.