Brandon King, the fourth candidate to join the Summerville mayoral race, said he decided to throw his hat in the ring because he feels the other candidates aren’t focused on specific consensus-building issues.
“I’m the only candidate that’s talking about the issues,” King said. “The other candidates seem to be comparing their resumes- I just want to talk about the issues that matter most to the citizens of Summerville.”
First, King said the town needs an adequate public facilities ordinance so that developers pay for infrastructure; schools, fire and police, sidewalks, and storm drainage.
“The development is coming whether we like it or not,” King said. “Common sense would tell us that there should be some sort of infrastructure before development comes in and I think that’s something we need to work on.”
Not having an adequate public facilities ordinance in place can result in bad traffic, flooding, and other problems, King said.
King said such an ordinance would “make developers pay so the taxpayers don’t.”
Second, King wants business and property tax relief for residents.
And third, King wants the town to protect the environment by “tackling flooding in a more progressive way.”
King said as mayor of Summerville he would unify the town council by meeting with each member.
“Each councilman has issues that are very important to them,” King said. “I think we need to unify around these issues and I would have an open door policy with each councilman... let the best idea win no matter who it comes from.”
Concerning Summerville's current "strong council" form of government, which allows less authority for the mayor and more control from the council overall, as opposed to "strong mayor," King said the voters decided what they wanted in the recent referendum-58 percent of the voters responded “no” to the change in the form of government.
King, 28, grew up in Summerville and currently works as a real estate agent at Southern Shores Real Estate Group in downtown Summerville. Prior to his current position, King worked full-time in the hospitality industry, mainly at The IceHouse Restaurant in downtown Summerville. Through his work in the restaurant, he met his wife, Monet Vigilante-King.
King said Summerville is a great place but “we can be better.”
“We need to unite around the issues and put the bad blood behind us,” King said. “I think we need to renew our focus around the issues and come together as a town.”
Three other candidates have already filed to run for mayor: Dorchester County Councilman Bill Hearn, former Summerville Fire Chief Ricky Waring, and local musician Fleming Moore.