ELECTION GUIDE 2017

Despite what you hear, we at Save Shem Creek do not endorse candidates for local election. We simply try to increase public awareness about issues that impact residents of Mt. Pleasant, and we trust that you, the residents, are smart enough to know what it is that you want for your community and will make the voting decisions that are best for you. We encourage everyone to get as informed as you can and to please go exercise your right to vote on Tuesday, November 7th in your local Mt. Pleasant election. To that end, we have tried to assemble as much publicly available information as possible here in one place to help you know where to go vote and make your decisions of whome to vote for. Please feel free to share this with your friends and neighbors and encourage them to get out and vote, too! Please let us know if you have any questions about what you see (or don't see) here! This page can be viewed on your desktop computer or mobile devices, but you'll be able to access more of the images and links on the desktop verison!

WHAT ELECTION?
Town of Mount Pleasant municipal election for Mayor, four of the eight seats on Town Council, and one Waterworks Commissioner seat.

WHEN DO WE VOTE?
Tuesday, November 7th from 7AM to 7PM. As long as you are in line by 7PM, you can vote.

WHERE DO I VOTE?
At your local precinct’s voting site based on your home address. Your voter’s registration card tells you which precinct you should vote in. You will need to bring one of the following photo ID’s: SC Driver’s License, SC Dept of Motor Vehicles ID Card, SC Voter Registration Card with Photo, Federal Military ID, or a US Passport. You can click on the precinct address pages below if you're on your desktop or go to this link and type in your voter info to get your polling location: https://info.scvotes.sc.gov/eng/voterinquiry/VoterInformationRequest.aspx?PageMode=VoterInfohttps%3A%2F%2Finfo.scvotes.sc.gov%2Feng%2Fvoterinquiry%2FVoterInformationRequest.aspx%3FPageMode%3DVoterInfo

If you can’t vote Tuesday, you can vote absentee by mailing in your absentee ballot no later than Friday, November 3rd or voting in-person on Friday, November 3rd or Monday, November 6th from 8:30AM to 5PM at 4367 Headquarters Rd. North Charleston, SC 29405. Further voting information can be found at: https://www.charlestoncounty.org/departments/bevr/index.php

WHO ARE THE CANDIDATES?


Mayor (2 candidates):

Linda Page (incumbent): https://www.facebook.com/lindapagemayor/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Councilman Will Haynie: https://www.facebook.com/councilmanhaynie/

 

 

Town Council (9 candidates): Ten names are be on the ballot for four seats, but one of the candidates (Sean Barnes) dropped out of the race after filing. Gary Santos is the only incumbent running as the three other incumbents all decided to not seek re-election. Please note that if Will Haynie wins the Mayor’s race, there will be a Special Election in the coming weeks to fill his Council seat, which means there’s the potential to actually elect five Council members this year. The candidates are:

Kevin Cunnane: https://www.facebook.com/KevinMCunnane/
Brooks Davis: https://www.facebook.com/brooksdavisfortowncouncil/
Kathy Landing: https://www.facebook.com/KathyLandingMtP/
John Mahoney: https://www.facebook.com/MahoneyForCouncil/
Rodly Millet: https://www.facebook.com/milletforcouncil/
Tom O’Rourke: https://tomorourkeorg.wordpress.com/
Gary Santos (incumbent): https://www.facebook.com/santosfortowncouncil/
GM Whitley: https://www.facebook.com/votegmwhitley/
John Wright: https://www.facebook.com/jw4mtp/

Waterworks Commissioner: Susan Mellichamp is the only person running for the open seat.

ENDORSEMENTS
We’ll try to keep a running list of known endorsements here, so please feel free to let us know if you see we’re missing some.

(1) A lot of people ask us how they can find out more the Council candidates, so this interesting breakdown comes from a feature the Post & Courier did about the nine Council Candidates in October. They asked each candidate who they support in the Mayor’s race, and here’s what they said:

Supporting Linda Page:
John Mahoney
Rodly Millet
John Wright

Supporting Will Haynie:
Kevin Cunnane
Brooks Davis
Tom O’Rourke
Gary Santos
GM Whitley

Undeclared:
Kathy Landing

(2) Charleston Metro Chamber Of Commerce PAC, whose largest contributor in recent years is local developer The Beach Company. (Link: https://www.charlestonchamber.org/pac-endorsed-candidates/)

Mayor: Linda Page
Council: Kathy Landing, John Mahoney, Rodly Millet, Tom O’Rourke

(3) Charleston Trident Association of Realtors (Link: http://www.charlestonrealtors.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/2017VoterGuide-CharlestonCounty-LINKED.pdf)

Mayor: Linda Page
Council: Kathy Landing, John Mahoney, Rodly Millet, John Wright

(4) Charleston Home Builders Association
Mayor: Linda Page
Council: Kathy Landing, John Mahoney, Rodly Millet, John Wright

(5) Charleston Mercury Newspaper (Link: http://www.charlestonmercury.com/index.php/en/internships/835-will-haynie-mount-pleasant-s-next-mayor)

Mayor: Will Haynie

(6) The Post And Courier

Mayor: Linda Page (Link: http://www.postandcourier.com/opinion/editorials/linda-page-for-mount-pleasant-mayor/article_476683c6-bffa-11e7-9840-f7d3f029dbf1.html​)

Council: Kathy Landing, Rodly Millet, Tom O'Rourke, GM Whitley (Link: http://www.postandcourier.com/opinion/editorials/endorsements-for-mount-pleasant-town-council/article_f2fe23a2-c0b7-11e7-b76e-efbff7e0dfa6.html)

(7) Various endorsements for Linda Page for Mayor
Councilman Elton Carrier, who has served on Council since 2009. Mr. Carrier voted for The Boulevard apartments on Coleman Blvd, the Shem Creek Parking Garage, and the Indigo Square project under construction across from Town Centre, among others.

(8) Various endorsements for Will Haynie for Mayor
Charleston Mercury newspaper
Former SC First Lady Ann Edwards
Councilman Joe Bustos
Former Councilman Jimmy Bagwell
Former Councilman Tommy Utsey

CAMPAIGN DONATIONS & SPENDING
We’ve gathered the campaign finance filings for Linda Page and Will Haynie from the SC Ethics Commission’s website. At time of filing, Councilman Will Haynie had raised $60.9K from 221 donors while Mayor Page had raised $22.7K from 36 donors. Since people ask us if the candidates in Mt. Pleasant take gifts from the real estate development industry for their campaigns, we've made a chart breaking down how much real estate development cash each candidate accepted.

VOTING RECORDS
We’re glad to provide records of past votes from the Town’s website for specific projects so you can know how candidates have voted in the past. We’ve begun a “HOW’D THEY VOTE?” series on our Facebook page for some well-known developments, and here are the links to the specific posts. If there’s a vote you’d like us to look up, please let us know!

Indigo Square across from Town Centre: (Link: http://bit.ly/2gWt2zA)

In December 2014, a developer request was made to rezone the property to allow what you now see. Here's how the 8-1 vote approving the project went down:

AGAINST REZONING TO INCREASE DENSITY
Gary Santos (still on Council - seeking re-election)

FOR REZONING TO INCREASE DENSITY
Elton Carrier (still on Council - not seeking re-election)
Paul Gawrych (still on Council - not seeking re-election)
Ken Glasson (defeated in 2015)
Chris Nickels (defeated in 2015)
Chris O'Neal (defeated in 2015)
Mayor Linda Page (still Mayor - seeking re-election)
Mark Smith (still on Council - not seeking re-election)
Thomasena Stokes-Marshall (did not run in 2015)


 

Venning Rd Overlay hotel: (Link: http://bit.ly/2Af1xJR)

In December 2016, there was a vote to change zoning rules in order to allow a new hotel in a historically African-American neighborhood off Venning Rd. A developer request was made to remove the property from the Venning Rd Overlay district created to protect the historic community and increase the height limit to 55'. The request to approve was made by a 5-4 vote - here's how the vote went down:

VOTED AGAINST HOTEL
Joe Bustos (still on Council)
Will Haynie (still on Council - running for Mayor)
Jim Owens (still on Council)
Gary Santos (still on Council - seeking re-election)

VOTED FOR HOTEL
Bob Brimmer (still on Council)
Elton Carrier (still on Council - not seeking re-election)
Paul Gawrych (still on Council - not seeking re-election)
Mayor Linda Page (still Mayor - seeking re-election)
Mark Smith (still on Council - not seeking re-election)

Link to Council Minutes: https://www.tompsc.com/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/4695


Shem Creek Parking Garage public funding: (Link: http://bit.ly/2zar0GE)

In October 2013, there was a vote to give the developer of the Shem Creek Parking Garage $3.5M in public funding. The rationale given for the payment was to secure the right of the public to park in the garage - keep in mind the public still has to pay by the hour to park in the garage as the developer reserved the right in the funding agreement to charge "market rates" to those wishing to park in the facility. Here's how the 8-0 vote approving the public money giveaway went down - the asterisk after an official's name indicates they accepted campaign contributions from the parking garage developer:

FOR PUBLIC FUNDING TO DEVELOPER:
Elton Carrier (still on Council - not seeking re-election)
Ken Glasson* (defeated in 2015)
Chris Nickels* (defeated in 2015)
Chris O'Neal* (defeated in 2015)
Linda Page* (currently Mayor - seeking re-election)
Craig Rhyne (did not run in 2013)
Thomasena Stokes-Marshall* (did not run in 2015)
Billy Swails (did not run in 2013)

John Burn was absent from the meeting.

Official meeting minutes: https://www.tompsc.com/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/2947


Shem Creek Parking Garage rezoning: (Link: http://bit.ly/2AegSu2)

In November 2013, there was a vote to change the zoning code to allow the Shem Creek Parking Garage as you see it today. The vote allowed the plans to transform from a parking structure with two to three levels to a 55-foot tall building with two floors of office on top of the parking. Here's how the 8-1 vote approving the project went down - the asterisk after an official's name indicates they accepted campaign contributions from the parking garage developer:

AGAINST ZONING CHANGE TO ALLOW 55'-TALL PARKING GARAGE
Gary Santos (still on Council - seeking re-election)

FOR ZONING CHANGE TO ALLOW 55'-TALL PARKING GARAGE
Elton Carrier (still on Council - not seeking re-election)
Paul Gawrych* (still on Council - not seeking re-election)
Ken Glasson* (defeated in 2015)
Chris Nickels* (defeated in 2015)
Chris O'Neal* (defeated in 2015)
Mayor Linda Page* (still Mayor - seeking re-election)
Mark Smith* (still on Council - not seeking re-election)
Thomasena Stokes-Marshall* (did not run in 2015)

Meeting minutes link: https://www.tompsc.com/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/2996
 

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