Much like the work-in-progress passenger terminal at Charleston International, the faces on the board that runs the airport are changing.
Lawyer and former judge Larry Richter and former congressman Tommy Hartnett didn't muster enough votes last week to get reappointed to the 13-member Charleston County Aviation Authority.
In their places, the county Senate delegation nominated former Charleston City Councilman Henry Fishburne, a commercial real estate agent, and organization development consultant and trainer Margaret Seidler, said Airports Director Paul Campbell. Campbell, a state senator whose district includes a small part of the county, recused himself from the voting.
The tally was weighted by the number of constituents each lawmaker represents. And it was close. Fishburne and Seidler each got just over 51 percent, legislative coordinator Cathy Collum said.
Fishburne, an agent with Lee & Associates who was on City Council from 2000-07, said he was delighted to be nominated.
"The airport can almost be compared to the port," he said. "It's the kind of place where businesses have contact with this community, and it's a very important board. There's a lot going on that goes through that board."
Seidler operates Seidler & Associates from her West Ashley home. She said she's "thrilled" to join a board that's immersed in economic development in addition to overseeing the county's three airports.
"What the Senate was looking for was someone with a strong business background and a diverse perspective," she said.
A dozen people applied for the two seats, but the Senate delegation nominated only four, Collum said.
The House delegation accepted applications through Friday for two airport board seats. It hasn't announced its next meeting.
The House-appointed seats now are held by Charleston tourism chief Helen Hill, who's expected to be reappointed, and businessman Mallory Factor, who isn't seeking reappointment because of teaching commitments in England.
The incumbents' terms expired June 1, but those members can stay until Gov. Nikki Haley confirms the new appointments.
Those applicants not nominated by the Senate delegation can be considered by the House, if they choose, Collum said.
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