Attorney to seek seat on council

Christopher Nickels

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MOUNT PLEASANT — Christopher Nickels, an attorney with Clawson & Staubes, on Wednesday declared his candidacy for Town Council in the November election.

"I will work to ensure the important issues affecting our town are thoroughly debated and the public is informed before decisions are made," Nickels said. "I will vote to confer the utmost benefit on the greatest number of town citizens."

Issues of importance to Nickels include "smart" business development to provide sustainable employment, developing a system of bike and pedestrian trails, preserving green space, maintaining the quality of the town's schools, viable solutions to traffic congestion, and more public water access for residents.

Nickels has experience in planning, zoning and school issues. In 2004 he was a member of the Blue Ribbon Committee for School Accountability commissioned by Town Council. The committee assessed current and future educational needs of the town schools, and how the Charleston County School District was meeting those needs.

He also served on the Board of Zoning Appeals and the Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee.

Nickels is married to Kimarie Nickels, a registered nurse at East Cooper Regional Medical Center. They have three children.

Nickels is the third candidate to announce plans to run for office in November. Council members Joe Bustos and Gary Santos have declared their candidacy for mayor.

Bustos, a retired Army lieutenant colonel and local businessman, was elected to council in 2000 and re-elected in 2004. Santos is a port manager with Inchcape Shipping Services who has served on council since 1996.

Mayor Pro-tem and Council member Kruger Smith has said he will not seek re-election in November. Smith became acting mayor when Mayor Harry Hallman resigned in May because of Alzheimer's disease.