The Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce Political Action Committee (Chamber PAC) is pleased to announce its endorsement of Keith Waring, Bill Moody, James Lewis, Angela Black Drake and Karl Brady for election to Charleston City Council.
To be considered for the endorsement, candidates completed a written questionnaire and participated in an interview with Chamber PAC members. The process revealed candidates’ perspective on critical issues facing the City of Charleston and the metro region including: housing attainability, infrastructure investment, regional planning, transit, flooding and the completion of the Mark Clark Expressway.
“All of the candidates endorsed by the Chamber PAC support a positive business climate and are aligned with the Chamber’s pillar priorities: mobility, livability and business climate,” said Chappy McKay, Chairman of the Chamber PAC. “All understand the connection between local decisions and the continued economic prosperity of the larger region.”
In addition to alignment with the Chamber’s priorities, each candidate was endorsed based on their individual experience and vision.
Keith Waring is running for reelection to a third term of service representing District 7. Waring is a champion for attainable housing with a track record of identifying resources and cutting unnecessary regulation to improve our region’s housing climate. As a financial planner with more than a decade of service on the planning commission prior to his election to council, Waring has the experience to make smart fiscal and policy decisions for the residents, the City and the Charleston region.
Bill Moody has deep institutional knowledge as District 11 representative since 2012. As a retired CPA and past chair of the Ways and Means Committee, Moody keeps a close eye on the city’s budget and bond rating. He is a strong advocate for completing critical infrastructure projects, specifically the Mark Clark Expressway, and cites flooding, traffic and long-term vision as the top priorities for Charleston. He serves to make sure that the Charleston region will continue to be the best place to live, work and play for his grandchildren.
James Lewis understands the needs of District 3, having been an advocate for constituents since his first election to City Council in 1995. Over six terms of service, Lewis has earned a reputation as a pragmatic leader who works with colleagues to solve problems. He is focused on creating more workforce housing and completing infrastructure projects to address flooding.
Angela Black Drake, running in her first election to represent District 1, has personal and professional experience on both Daniel Island and on the Peninsula. Her prior leadership as president of the Ansonborough neighborhood association has prepared her to advocate for constituents while building consensus with other city stakeholders. She is a strong proponent of transit and attainable housing.
Karl Brady, running for election in District 5, articulates a vision for the future of the Charleston region that provides more multi-modal transportation options for residents facilitated by smart, mixed use infill development. He opposes moratoriums and is a vocal supporter of completion of the Mark Clark Expressway to connect Johns and James Islands and alleviate traffic congestion.
All of the candidates running for City Council are passionate about serving the public. The Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce Political Action Committee believes these five endorsed candidates will consistently make decisions that promote enhanced mobility, livability, and a strong business climate.
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.