Candidates for Mount Pleasant Town Council
Family: Wife, Teresa; two daughters.
Occupation: Owner of Legal Professionals, LLC an associated legal services firm.
Political History: None.
Why I’m qualified: “Small business owner, land conservancy board member and father who utilizes operational efficiency in business and helps preserve the natural beauty and scenic vistas of our community.”
Goals if elected: “Engage Charleston County School District for plans for a second high school in Mount Pleasant and to address school crowding issues; develop a sustainable long-term economic plan to include recruiting new businesses.”
Contact information: firstname.lastname@example.org; www.josephwren.com; www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Joseph-Wren-for-Mt-Pleasant-Town-Council; 856-1987
Family: Wife, Zoe; a son and a daughter.
Education: The Citadel, BA in Political Science.
Occupation: Small business owner since 2004.
Political history: Served 12 years on Mount Pleasant Town Council.
Why I’m qualified: “I have served with three mayors, and together we have achieved the widening of U.S. Highway 17, acquired the property to allow more public access at Shem Creek and included a phased planned approach for the park, established the Blue Ribbon Committee on Schools.”
Goals if elected: “Continue to develop and implement a comprehensive traffic management plan, solve school overcrowding problems, prioritize spending and create policies for a prosperous future while enhancing our quality of life.”
Contact information: 303-0118 (m); 884-9581 (h); email@example.com; www.paulgawrych.com.
Elton K. Carrier
Family: Wife, Kathy; two children.
Education: The Citadel, B.S. in business administration; School of Banking of the South at Louisiana State University.
Occupation: Retired from First Federal of Charleston as Senior Vice President.
Political History: Mount Pleasant Town Council (2009-present).
Why I’am Qualified: “I bring financial expertise and a conservative philosophy to council. I attend all committee meetings to gain a total perspective of the operations and challenges facing the town. I am responsive to the needs and problems of our residents.”
Goals If Elected: “Following through on the infrastructure repair and maintenance needs of the town’s streets and stormwater assets. Seeing the reality of a new Town Hall. Being a part of a unified effort to curb the overcrowding in our schools.”
Contact Info: 442-1812 (c); 884-5362 (h); firstname.lastname@example.org; CarrierForTownCouncil.com; EltonCarrier.com
Family: Wife, Valerie; two children.
Education: BSC in Sociology from Voorhees College; Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry from the University of the South.
Occupation: Priest and College Faculty
Political history: None.
Why I’m qualified: “I have experience in working with local organizations and international institutions that deal with serving the people and improving the community.”
Goals if elected: “To be the voice of the residents of Mount Pleasant.”
Contact information: 860-4997; email@example.com; www.kobedu4u.com
Education: Furman University, 1987, B.A.
Occupation: Small Business Owner, Bryson Properties- Dick Luke Co., Inc.
Political History: None.
Why I’m Qualified: “I’m a small business owner with years of civic service of several town boards, charities, and recreation volunteer and sponsor.”
Goals if elected: “Make Mount Pleasant more business-friendly; prioritize capital improvement projects, provide efficient and exceptional government services; encourage community input and involvement; and improve quality of life while maintaining our town’s charm.”
Contact info: 532-2951, www.bryson4council.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Family: Wife, Marty; four children.
Education: B.S. in Business Administration from The Citadel.
Occupation: Realtor at Carolina One Real Estate Company, Gipe Partners LLC.
Political history: Mount Pleasant Town Council (1981-83).
Why I’m qualified: “As a former councilman, small businessman and former President of the The Charleston Trident Association of Realtors, I have the experience to help lead our town toward responsible growth.”
Goals if elected: “As a member of council, I pledge to work hard with residents and members of council to tackle challenges in infrastructure, schools and growth to keep Mount Pleasant an All-American Town.”
Contact information: www.votegipe.com; Facebook: Timm Gipe; Timm@carolinaoneplus.com; 834-1369
Gary K. Santos
Family: Two children.
Education: Trident Technical College; Associate Degree; Business Management — Leadership Development.
Occupation: General Manager, Steamship Agency.
Political history: 13 years as Mount Pleasant Town Councilman
Why I’m qualified: “Chairman and or served on most committees of Town Council; attended over 900 hours of meetings during term; helped commit $160 million in funding for capital projects; and was instrumental in the development of more than $20 million in recreation capital projects and more than a dozen of new recreation programs.”
Goals if elected: “Expand the Senior Center to northern Mount Pleasant; upgrade transportation infrastructure including widening Highway 41 and Rifle Range Road; review opportunities for additional health and fitness programs; and work with school district to relieve overcrowding of our schools.
Contact information: 514-2453; santosgk Santos for Town Council.
Mark M. Smith
Family: Wife, Elayne; three children.
Education: Graduate of the Fayetteville Technical Community College, Applied Science Associate Degree.
Occupation: Co-owner and Vice President of McAlister-Smith Funeral Homes, Palmetto Cremation Society and Faithful Forever Pet Cremation
Political history: None.
Why I’m qualified: “As a husband, father, and small businessman, I understand the challenges facing Mount Pleasant as it grows and am committed to maintaining our quality of life for my family and yours.”
Goals if elected: “If elected, I will be committed to preserving Mount Pleasant’s quality of life by addressing overcrowding in our schools, traffic congestion, and many other challenges posed by growth in our community.”
Contact information: www.votemarksmith.com; mark Vote Mark Smith; Twitter: @votemarksmith