Candidates for Charleston City Council and CPW

Charleston City District 2

Blake Hallman, Jr.

Age: 50

Family: Wife: Liesl, twin 6-year-old daughters.

Education: College of Charleston, Bachelors, Political Science & International Studies. The Citadel, Masters, Business Administration.

Occupation: Owner, Amici’s Brick Oven Bistro and Little Amici’s.

Political history: 2009-present, Charleston City Council.

Why I’m qualified: I am a dedicated father, a successful small business owner and the common-sense leader on City Council who understands the need to make Charleston’s government more efficient and effective.

Goals if elected: When re-elected, I will continue to build coalitions and utilize my real world business experience to cut wasteful spending, reduce taxes and fees, recruit new job creators and relieve traffic congestion.

Contact information: 822-8024, blakehallman@live.com. www.blakeHallman.com

Rodney Williams

Age: 52

Family: Single

Education: B.A., Political Science, College of Charleston.

Occupation: CEO of Williams & Associates Consulting LLC.

Why I’m qualified: I have been a resident of the City of Charleston my entire life and have seen the growth, the changes and the challenges that have occurred over the past 30 years. As a business owner and non-profit executive, I know how to work with other business leaders and fellow residents to build coalitions to get results. I have a proven track record of working with other local, county, state and regional leaders on issues.

Goals if elected: Continue to maintain and make Charleston the best place to live and raise a family, secure a new West Ashley senior citizens center, expand retail and commercial development in District 2, support existing and add additional county parks in West Ashley to improve the quality of life for the residents of District 2 and the completion of I-526.

Contact information: Rodney Williams, 670-2652, 1694 Wayah Dr. Charleston SC 29414. E-mail: rodeyw@aol.com

City of Charleston District 4

Liz Fulton

Age: 28

Family: n/a

Education: East Carolina University, B.A. Communication (Print Journalism); Charleston School of Law, Juris Doctor.

Occupation: Attorney

Political history: No previous elected public office.

Why I’m qualified: My background in marketing and journalism, combined with my legal skills make me an effective leader and problem-solver. I have a great love for this city and the energy and passion to make it a great place to live, work and visit.

Goals if elected: Improve infrastructure and livability issues within District 4. Keep the city moving forward in a positive direction and to attract businesses that will provide job opportunities for District 4 residents. Contact information: Phone: (336) 432-5903; effulton@gmail.com; www.fulton4district4.com

Robert M. Mitchell

Age: 65

Education: 1966 graduate, Burke High School.

Political history: Elected to Charleston City Council in 1997 and 2006.

Why I’m qualified: Serving on council and having made a strong difference in the community with crime and quality of life issues.

Goals if elected: Will continue to assist the community by informing them of issues that could affect them and their quality of life as the city changes.

Contact information: Phone: 534-6451, email robertmitchell22@bellsouth.net, website robertmitchellforcitycouncil.com

Charleston City Council District 6

Benjamin D’Allesandro

Age: 33

Family: Wife, Jenifer D’Allesandro, son, Malcolm.

Education: Trident Technical College, Associate of Arts; College of Charleston, Bachelor of Arts, majored in urban studies with a focus on city planning and administration.

Occupation: Owner and manager of D’Allesandro’s Pizza.

Political History: Charleston County Constituent School Board.

Why I’m qualified: I am qualified because I care about Charleston. I am going to add a much needed new perspective to City Council.

Goals if elected: I am going to make sure our parks and green spaces are properly included in plans as our great city grows.

Contact info: Phone: 693-1146, bendallesandro@gmail.com

Francis X. Clasby, III “Fran”

Age: 51

Family: Private.

Education: San Diego State University, graduate education.

Occupation: Medical University of South Carolina, teacher.

Political History: Charleston County Constituent School Board.

Why I’m qualified: As president of Wagener Terrace Neighborhood I raised over $100,000 with the Charleston Parks Conservancy and the city and residents to renovate Corinne Jones Playground. I worked with city and county officials to get a recreation lane and sidewalks crosswalks into Hampton Park. I lead the drive to have James Simons rebuilt as a Montessori public school. I was awarded the citizen Koon Award for community service.

Goals if elected: A city ultimately is about welcoming children. If a child feels welcome then everything falls into favor. Safe sidewalks, great playgrounds, inviting parks, powerful schools. Families buy neighborhoods not houses.

Contact info: clasbyfx@yahoo.com

Lauretta Lemon Dailey

Age: 71

Family: Spouse, Ron Dailey; two biological sons, 5 extended children.

Education: BA, Shaw University, Raleigh, N.C.; MA, College of Charleston.

Occupation: Retired Charleston County School District teacher.

Political history: No previous elected public office.

Why I’m qualified: I’ve learned much about the city and state government. Attended the Charleston County Citizens’ Academy. Attend City Council meetings.

Goals: Collaborate with the mayor and other council members to make wise and considerate decisions. Get feedback from constituents.

Contact info: Phone: 723-2997, 813-2301; lemondailey www.VOTELaurettaDailey.com

Joseph C. Good, III “Joe”

Age: 39

Family: Single

Education: Bachelor of Arts, University of South Carolina; law degree, Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Lansing, MI

Occupation: Attorney at Good Law Group, LLC; co-owner of F&J Beverage Co., LLC.

Political history: No previous elected office.

Why I’m qualified: As a property owner, a landlord and owner of two businesses, and the only candidate that works every week in the livability court in the City of Charleston, I have been engaged in noise and pollution issues in the city for several years. I have also been a member of the Charleston County Board of Assessor Appeals for over four years and I constantly fight to keep property taxes low for homeowners.

Goals if elected: I would like to grow Charleston’s economy by making Charleston the most business-friendly city in the state and region. To do this, I will work to decrease and eliminate, when necessary, government regulations and fees that only hamper business growth. I will also work to streamline processes so businesses have less government red tape to jump through when establishing, managing and growing their businesses.

Contact information: 412-1401; joe@joegoodlaw.com; www.goodlawgroupcarolina.com

William Dudley Gregorie

Age: 64

Family: Divorced, no children.

Education: B.S. Benedict College, M.A., Howard University.

Occupation: Retired director of U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Political history: Mayor Pro Tem, Charleston City Council; District 6 incumbent.

Why I’m qualified: Nominated by Mayor Joe Riley and unanimously elected Mayor Pro Tem by City Council; 32 years in housing and urban development where I directed over $8 billion into the state’s economy.

Goals if elected: Continue to address flooding, improve traffic and transportation regionally, diversify economically to include a knowledge base economy, continue to support the Horizon Project and sustainability and preservation.

Contact information: Telephone: 720-1232; email: info dudleygregorie.com

Charleston Commissioners of Public Works

Charleston City Council District 8

Bobbie Rose

Age: 55

Family: Husband, Thomas J. Ucciferri; two children, a son and a daughter.

Education: City University of New York, BA Baccalaureate Program.

Occupation: Real estate management, self-employed.

Political history: Never held office.

Why I’m qualified: The ability to listen as well as speak, research, weigh all aspects and impact on all parties, then successfully collaborate to implement solutions that best benefit residents and our city.

Goals if elected: I will fight tirelessly to regulate the size and frequency of cruise ships and mandate shore-side power. I will fight for protecting the health and homes of my constituents.

Contact info: Phone: 708-1535; Bobbie Rose for City Council, P.O. Box 404, Charleston, SC 29402, www.voteBobbieRose.com

Michael S. Seekings

Age: 53

Family: Wife, Michele H. Seekings.

Education: Amherst College.

Occupation: Attorney; adjunct professor of law Charleston School of Law.

Political history: Current District 8 council member.

Why I’m qualified: Four years on City Council representing the Peninsula and interior of West Ashley. During my time on council I have served on the boards of the Charleston Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, been elected secretary/treasurer of the Charleston Area Rapid Transit Authority, chairman of the Audit Committee, and served as board members of the Gibbes Museum of Art and the Cooper River Bridge Run.

Goals if elected: When I ran for City Council four years ago, I committed to spend two terms working to improve infrastructure, attract private investment and small business to Charleston, and rethink our transportation model for the next 50 years. We have made significant progress on all fronts and I would like to spend a second term in further pursuit of these projects.

Contact information: Phone: 513-1073; email: mseekings@leathbouchlaw.com; seekingsm www.mikeseekings.com

Charleston CPW

William (Billy) E. Koopman Jr.

Age: 67

Family: Spouse, Carol Mead Koopman; 3 daughters, 1 grandchild.

Education: Bachelor of Science, business administration, Charleston Southern University, 1969; Master’s in Public Administration, Florida Atlantic University, 1972.

Occupation: Retired general manager, Charleston Commissioners of Public Works.

Political history: Incumbent board member, Commissioners of Public Works; elected in 2006.

Why I’m qualified: I have 28 years of successful experience working at CPW, retiring as general manager and now serve as a member of the elected Board of Commissioners.

Goals if elected: My goal is never-ceasing: to protect our public health and environment by ensuring that our CPW standards exceed all state and federal regulations.

Contact information: Phone, 830-9094, email: koopman@comcast.net

Name: Catherine E. LaFond

Age: 42

Family: n/a

Education: College of Charleston (B.A.); University of South Carolina School of Law (J.D.); University of Miami School of Law (LL.M.).

Occupation: Elder law and real estate attorney.

Political history: n/a

Why I’m qualified: As a business owner, attorney and dedicated community volunteer, I have the efficacy, acumen and compassion to serve this post. Additionally, I will add a new and diverse perspective.

Goals if elected: My main goals will be to reduce waste by incentivizing conservation and to directly address the demands growth will make on the long-term sustainability of our water system.

Contact information: Phone: 410-8724, catherine @vote4LaFond

Timothy S. Mallard

Age: 52

Family: one daughter.

Education: BA, University of South Carolina 1985.

Occupation: industrial real estate development.

Political history: Charleston City Council 2007-2011.

Why I’m qualified: I have strong experience in water and sewer problem-solving for industrial and manufacturing applications to trigger job creation.

Goals if elected: Work to fix the drainage issues in the City of Charleston.

Contact information: Phone: 270-5618; www.timmallard.com