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Candidates for Charleston City Council, District 1

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Candidates for Charleston City Council, District 1

Shawn Pinkston

Age: 41

Residence: Daniel Island

Occupation: Attorney

Education: Bachelor’s degree in history, Berea College; JD, St. Louis School of Law

Political experience: None

Contact information: (843) 817-4443, shawn@shawnpinkston.com, www.shawnpinkston.com

How I spend my spare time: With my two kids, charitable organizations, Crossfit, reading and watersports.

What makes me qualified for this office: Volunteering for the Army after 9/11 and deploying to Iraq, I understand putting service to others first. I’m active in charitable organizations and have a proven track record of giving back.

If elected, my top priority would be: Addressing congestion, fulfilling the promises made to Daniel Island in the Master Development Agreement (including services not being provided despite our taxes paying for them), and implementing recommendations from the Tourism Management Plan.

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Age: 42

Residence: Daniel Island

Occupation: business banking manager

Education: Bachelor’s degree in business administration, College of Charleston, MBA, The Citadel

Political experience: Charleston City Council member since 2007

Contact information: (843) 364-1876; whiteforcouncil@gmail.com; www.facebook.com/garywhitecitycouncil

How I spend my spare time: My family and I enjoy boating, fishing and playing tennis.

What makes me qualified for this office: I understand how to work with multiple groups of people to achieve common goals, how to effectively keep people informed, and how to complete projects in a fiscally responsible manner.

If elected, my top priority would be: Build a community and indoor recreation center to serve the Daniel Island and Cainhoy communities, implement the city’s tourism management plan, and improve traffic and transportation on Clements Ferry Road.

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