North Charleston City Councilman Bob King is up against three challengers with a range of goals in the race for the District 8 seat.
King, who has been in office since 1998 representing neighborhoods around Park Circle, said that through fiscal conservatism and job creation he hopes to see through projects that have been delayed due to the economy. "We're trying to bring in jobs and we're trying to bring in industries," King said. "We brought in Boeing, so we want to see Boeing deliver their planes. We think that will bring other satellite jobs into the area to help support that industry. ... Of course, that's generating more revenue for us."
Candidate Joe N. Collins said along with plans to improve the quality of life for senior citizens, he hopes to create a counseling program to help those who have been arrested for minor offenses become productive members of society. "When a teenager or young adult is arrested, th
at greatly reduces their chances of quality employment," Collins said. "... An individual that gets
incarcerated needs to be trained with a skill or even to go to school. They need counseling as well as substance abuse training instead of just putting them in jail and letting them sit there.
"Everyone deserves a second chance," he said.
Candidate Kay Hyman said one of her main goals for North Charleston is preservation. "I think my focus in recent months has been on the old Amtrak station, but so many of our buildings are from the '50s and '60s, and that architecture is important in our history," Hyman said. "... I think that when we preserve our history, it doesn't just mean the buildings, it also means green spaces -- the pines and the old oaks -- and the recreational facilities that were established when I was a child."
Candidate Russ Patterson said he hopes to instill more long-range planning in North Charleston. "It's time that we put into place some of the comprehensive planning that a city of this size requires. ... We as a city need some visionaries that are looking at the city 30 and 40 years down the road," Patterson said. "We certainly have made some strides in the right direction, but I want to see us continue to embrace an environmentally sensitive development for the city."
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