Vic Rawl was elected to Charleston County Council four years ago after a career as a circuit court judge. He wants to serve one more term to advance his efforts on behalf of consolidation of governmental services, improved waste management, regional planning and economic development in small rural towns. The voters should re-elect him.
On council, Mr. Rawl has led the effort for greater government consolidation to provide cost savings to taxpayers and to increase efficiencies. He cites the consolidated emergency dispatch service as an example that could be emulated if turf disputes aren’t allowed to get in the way.
Mr. Rawl, a Democrat, convinced his colleagues to put a referendum question on the ballot in 2010, giving voters a chance to support the idea of expanded consolidation. It passed with more than 60 percent of the vote. Mr. Rawl wants to be on hand to advance the issue when recommendations are made by a citizens committee.
Similarly, Mr. Rawl supports greater regional planning throughout the tri-county area, and sees prospects for regional solutions in mass transit and economic development by enhanced cooperation among local jurisdictions. He wants more study on the ill effects that city annexations across county lines may have had in that regard.
Mr. Rawl has supported the county’s efforts to eliminate the old trash incinerator, improve recycling efforts and preserve landfill space for future use. And he cites his votes on behalf of keeping property taxes down.
He hopes to revive plans for an industrial “incubator” to encourage the building trades in the Hollywood-Ravenel area. The proposal would involve the cooperation of Trident Technical College and jobs agencies to provide a skilled labor force as employment opportunities become available at the sprawling East Edisto development planned by MeadWestvaco nearby.
Mr. Rawl has supported road projects, including I-526, to ease traffic in his high-growth district. On one particularly contentious issue, he urged an alternative to the controversial plan for a “greenway” on Johns Island, serving Kiawah and Seabrook islands.
Mr. Rawl’s proposal to improve Bohicket and Main roads ultimately could provide the solution, in view of the continued opposition to the greenway plan on Johns Island. It also demonstrates a willingness to compromise on behalf of community goals.
A former member of the state House of Representatives and a retired officer in the National Guard, Mr. Rawl brings a wealth of experience in public service to County Council.
He has been an independent and informed voice on council, and deserves another term.