2019 Chamber Political Action Committee Candidate Endorsements

The Chamber PAC has completed a comprehensive review of candidates standing for the offices listed below in Summerville, Mount Pleasant, North Charleston and City of Charleston.

Every candidate who filed for election was invited to participate in the PAC’s evaluation process which includes a written questionnaire and an in-person interview. Leaders from Charleston Young Professionals and Local Area Chambers joined PAC Board members in the interview process.

After that thorough study, the PAC Board voted to endorse candidates who demonstrated close alignment with the Chamber’s top regional priorities: mobility, livability and business climate.

Here are their endorsement decisions:

Town of Summerville

Mayor: Bill Hearn
  • Has served as District 6 Dorchester County Councilman since 2009
  • Serves on Charleston Regional Development Alliance Executive Committee and the Dorchester County Economic Development Board
  • Wants to tackle traffic, fix infrastructure, enhance parks, preserve open space and collaborate with regional partners
Council District 4: Bill McIntosh
  • Running for reelection to a third term of service
  • Champion of smart planning to relieve traffic congestion and promote attainable housing
  • Attorney with deep experience helping municipal clients

Town of Mount Pleasant

Council-At-Large: Howard Chapman
  • Professional engineer who served as the first Traffic Engineer for Mount Pleasant
  • Helped to establish CARTA and served as its founding Executive Director for 14 years
  • Advocate for providing attainable housing opportunities within the Town to address traffic challenges related to sprawl

City of North Charleston

Mayor: R. Keith Summey
  • Transformed North Charleston into an advanced manufacturing and high-tech hub during his 25 years as mayor
  • Lead the revitalization of neighborhoods within the City of North Charleston to enhance the quality of life for its residents
  • Consistent, strong relationship with the Charleston business community and elected leaders at the local and state levels
Council District 4: Ron Brinson
  • Eight-year incumbent currently serving as Chair of the City’s Finance Committee
  • Understands the importance of engaging with elected leaders across the region to collectively solve housing and infrastructure challenges
  • Avid supporter of Lowcountry Rapid Transit to provide deeper connectivity to residents of North Charleston
Council District 5: Todd Olds
  • Understands the need to work regionally to implement infrastructure solutions that will enhance livability for residents of North Charleston
  • Strong supporter of Lowcountry Rapid Transit and the Palmetto Commerce Parkway Interchange – two of the Chamber’s top infrastructure priorities
  • Strong advocate for collaboration between government and the business community
Council District 8: Bob King
  • Respected regional leader having previously served on Charleston County Council and currently serving the Charleston Area Transportation Committee (CHATS)
  • Instrumental in numerous projects that contribute to the economic prosperity of North Charleston
  • Avid supporter of mixed-use development near job centers to mitigate sprawl and expand housing opportunities
Council District 9: Kenny Skipper
  • Seeking second term with strong focus on improving quality of life for residents of North Charleston
  • Strong desire and willingness to implement innovative ideas to successfully address the region’s housing affordability crisis
  • Supporter of mixed-use development and Lowcountry rapid transit as ways to mitigate traffic congestion caused by sprawl
Council District 10: Michael A. Brown
  • Life-long community resident with a proven track record of serving as a bridge between local government, residents and the business community
  • Working to ensure the economic success of the region reaches all residents; regardless of socioeconomic status
  • Understands the advantages of growing in a smart way and embraces appropriate high-density, mixed-use development solutions to expand housing opportunities and mitigate traffic

City of Charleston

Council District 1: Angela Black Drake
  • Running in her first election
  • Personal and professional experience on both Daniel Island and in the Ansonborough neighborhood
  • Strong proponent of transit and attainable housing
Council District 3: James Lewis
  • Serving constituents since 1996
  • Earned reputation as a pragmatic collaborator and problem-solver.
  • Focused on workforce housing and completing infrastructure projects to address flooding
Council District 5: Karl Brady
  • Articulates a vision for a more multi-modal future for Charleston
  • Supports smart, mixed use infill development, opposes moratoriums
  • Champion for completion of the Mark Clark Expressway
Council District 7: Keith Waring
  • Running for reelection to a third term
  • Champion for attainable housing, finds resources and cuts unnecessary regulation to improve housing climate
  • Professional financial planner, spent more than a decade on the Planning Commission
  • Experience making smart fiscal and policy decisions
Council District 11: Bill Moody
  • Running for reelection to a third term
  • A retired CPA and past chair of the Ways and Means Committee keeps a close eye on the City’s budget and bond rating
  • Advocate for infrastructure projects, specifically the Mark Clark Expressway
  • Flooding, traffic and long-term vision are top priorities to make sure that the Charleston region is great for his grandchildren

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