Filing opens at noon Thursday for three seats on the Goose Creek City Council.

The nonpartisan, at-large election will be held April 3.

The three incumbents plan to seek re-election: John McCants, who has served 20 years on the council; Sal Gandolfo, on the council since 1996; and Jerry Tekac, who is completing his first term. McCants and Gandolfo are retired and Tekac is a National Bank of South Carolina executive.

One of the biggest issues facing the city is growth. City Council adopted on Jan. 10 an updated comprehensive plan with the "Imagine Goose Creek." It provides direction for the future by focusing on economic development, natural resources, cultural resources, land use, housing, population, community facilities, transportation and priority investment.

Potential candidates must first file electronically with the South Carolina Ethics Commission ( and then file a confirmation and pay a $150 fee at the Berkeley County Elections & Registration Office, 6 Belt Drive, Moncks Corner.

The deadline to file to run is noon Feb. 3.

Anyone wishing to vote in the election must register with the Berkeley County Board of Voter Registration & Elections by March 2.

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