In order to be considered for the endorsement, candidates had to complete a written questionnaire and participate in an interview with members of the Chamber PAC. During the process, they were questioned about their views on key issues facing the Town of Mount Pleasant and the metro region including: housing attainability, infrastructure, long range planning and impact fees, among other critical issues. After extensive review of the participating candidates, the PAC Board voted to endorse Howard Chapman.
“Mr. Chapman will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Mount Pleasant Town Council,” said Chappy McKay, Chairman of the Chamber PAC. “He understands the relationship between lack of attainable housing and the current traffic challenges in the town and is committed to elevating workable solutions to address both.”
A professional engineer by trade, Howard served as the first traffic engineer for the Town of Mount Pleasant. He was instrumental in the establishment of CARTA and served as its founding executive director for 14 years. He also served on the Mount Pleasant Planning Commission for eight years and understands that the rising cost of housing has added to the traffic difficulties of the town by exacerbating sprawl.
While Mr. Chapman has accepted our endorsement, he is declining financial contributions from all Political Action Committees.
Erin Aylor, Vice President of Marketing
The Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce Political Action Committee (Chamber PAC) is an autonomous organization governed by an independent board of directors. Its mission is to evaluate and support candidates for local and state elected office who are aligned with the business community’s top priorities: mobility, livability and a strong business climate.