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With the mayor’s office and four of eight Town Council seats up for grabs — five of nine votes — the balance of power in the town-not-quite-a-city is at a tipping point between backers of Mayor Linda Page and her challenger, Councilman Will Haynie.
The voters should give a second term to Ms. Page, a can-do, smart-growth advocate with a proven track record.

Voters should select four challengers in the non-partisan races for town council.
Kathy Landing would bring strong experience as a financial planner to the budgeting process. She says the town can advance its priorities through better use of its existing resources, without more tax hikes.
Mount Pleasant Planning Commission member Rodly Millet supports careful management of growth and the creation of a land trust to acquire sites for affordable housing. The retired Air Force officer would provide pragmatic leadership to council.
G.M. Whitley would support a development moratorium if needed to complete the town’s comprehensive plan. She says the town should develop more recreational and cultural assets, and that council should foster better relations with community groups. Ms. Whitley is mother of four school-age children, and has degrees in chemical engineering and the law.
Tom O’Rourke, the former head of the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission, would bring broad public policy experience to the job. He supports long-range, regional planning for the town to achieve the goals of managed growth and more recreational amenities. The affable Mr. O’Rourke calls for a more civil discourse on council, saying he can work as a unifier among its factions.
For city of Charleston voters, the $20 million question on today’s ballot is whether to underwrite affordable housing with a general obligation bond issue to create about 800 units citywide. Its passage would help level the field for low- and moderate-income earners who find themselves priced out of the market. And taxpayers wouldn’t be at risk, since the bonds would be paid off with rental income.
Voters should return the incumbents in three district races for Charleston City Council. District 2 representative Rodney Williams is working to solve flooding problems in the Church Creek Basin and to advance the administration’s West Ashley revitalization plan. He backs efforts to limit both downtown hotel development and short-term rentals, and is in favor of building a pedestrian/bike bridge over the Ashley River.

Councilman Dudley Gregorie should be re-elected from District 6 to continue his work on behalf of improved zoning to limit inappropriate development, and for infrastructure improvements that provide flood relief. Council should look at imposing a head tax on cruise ship passengers to finance drainage improvements, he says. The two-term councilman represents Wagener Terrace and portions of James Island.
Newcomer Summer Massey deserves the voters’ support in her campaign against the incumbent in West Ashley District 10. Ms. Massey has a grasp of flooding and transportation issues that cause numerous problems for residents and commuters. She supports the administration’s efforts for West Ashley redevelopment, and is a strong advocate for “walkable and bikeable” mixed-use developments that keep people closer to their jobs. She also backs road improvements to ease congestion and an expansion of the planned bus rapid transit system.
Councilwoman Kathleen Wilson, who is seeking her fourth term for James Island’s District 12 seat, has worked across city, county and town lines to protect the island’s quality of life. Ms. Wilson favors zoning reforms that would stop unwelcome development in its tracks, and supported the moratorium on apartment development on James Island so that better planning can get under way.
In the special election for S.C. House District 113, 28-year-old attorney Marvin Pendarvis, a Democrat, deserves the voters’ support. Mr. Pendarvis grew up in the district that stretches from North Charleston’s Park Circle neighborhood to Summerville and Lincolnton. He knows the district well, and will be a strong advocate for improving education and economic development for job creation.

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A message from our President/Chief Executive Officer:

The Housing Authority of the City of Charleston was born of action on December 18, 1934 by a vote of the Charleston City Council. However, the actual permission for such a "creation" came via statute in the South Carolina General Assembly in March of 1934.

We have come a long way in our society, our City and our personal relationships. Nevertheless, the need for Public housing still exists today. We have so much more to do before we can truly say, the job is done.

Donald J. Cameron
President/Chief Executive Officer
Housing Authority of the City of Charleston