5 candidates vying for Mount Pleasant mayor
MOUNT PLEASANT — The race to see who will succeed Mayor Billy Swails is getting rather crowded.
Monday: Filing for the mayor’s race and four Town Council races ends at noon.
Oct. 5: Last day for eligible town voters to register to vote for the municipal election.
Nov. 5: Election Day
Nov. 19: Runoff elections in the mayor and council races (if necessary)
As of Wednesday, at least five candidates have filed for the office or otherwise indicated that they are running, and that means town voters might have to return to the polls two weeks after the Nov. 5 election to pick the winner in a runoff.
The three candidates who have filed are former Town Councilman Joe Bustos, community activist George Freeman and Carl Carroll Jr. Also, Town Council members Linda Page and Ken Glasson have announced they are running.
Page made her announcement earlier in the month, while Glasson announced Tuesday.
“Mount Pleasant needs real leadership to grow the economy, provide low property taxes, maintain the town’s charm, and strengthen our community,” said Glasson, a retired Marine lieutenant colonel. “As a job-creating CEO who has worked on complicated issues within our nation’s military during combat missions and as a leader on our Town Council, I am confident I can help accomplish those goals as our next mayor.”
Page decided to run for mayor instead of seeking a second council term, but if Glasson loses, he will continue to serve on council, since his term doesn’t expire until 2015.
The mayoral field could get more crowded: Filing for the town’s offices doesn’t end until noon Monday.
Those who have filed for one of four council seats up for grabs are incumbent Elton Carrier, Anthony Kowbeidu, Ben Bryson, Timm Gipe and former Councilman Gary Santos.
Dolph Rodenberg has filed for a seat on the Mount Pleasant Waterworks Commission.
Swails, who was elected mayor in 2009, announced this summer that he would not seek a second term.
Unlike Charleston and North Charleston, where the mayor’s post is a full-time job, Mount Pleasant’s mayor is a part-time post that pays $24,000 a year, a sum Swails had declined to take.
Reach Robert Behre at 937-5771.